Bulgaria Briefs Israel on Burgas Bombing Probe
Bulgaria's Foreign Minister Nikolai Mladenov paid a surprise visit to Israel on Thursday to brief leaders on its probe into a bombing in the Black Sea resort of Burgas last July that the Israelis blamed on Lebanon's Hizbullah terrorists and Iran. Bulgaria has said the bombing was plotted outside the country and carried out by foreigners. (Reuters-Ynet News)
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Israel TV Channel 2 reported that a Bulgarian report about the July 18, 2012, terror act in Burgas blames Hizbullah. The bombing at Burgas airport killed 5 Israeli tourists, their Bulgarian bus driver and the perpetrator. Channel 2 said Europol has ide ntified three of the four suspects in the attack.
The conclusions of the report are expected to have a significant impact on whether the EU finally adds Hizbullah to its list of terrorist organizations, something the U.S. has already done and which Israel has been pushing for more than a decade. Such a move could lead to the freezing of Hizbullah's assets in Europe. (Sofia News Agency-Bulgaria)
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In response to news reports that Bulgaria had concluded that Hizbullah was responsible for the terrorist attack at Burgas Airport, the spokesperson of the Bulgarian Foreign Ministry, Vesela Cherneva, said that the results of the investigation are not ready to be announced in public. (Focus-Bulgaria)