Bulgaria claims it has previously undisclosed evidence that further implicates Hezbollah in a deadly terrorist attack last year on Bulgarian soil, JTA has learned.
A Bulgarian representative to the European Union said Wednesday that investigators have discovered that a Hezbollah operative was the owner of a printer used to produce fake documents that facilitated the July 19 bombing of a bus filled with Israeli tourists in Burgas. Five Israelis and their Bulgarian driver were killed in the attack.
Funerals were held July 20 for the Israeli victims of the Bulgaria terror attack. The coffins of the five Israelis arrived at Ben-Gurion International Airport on the evening of June 19, where a short official ceremony was held.
The victims were identified as Kochava Shriki, 44, from Rishon Lezion; Itzik Kolangi, 28, from Petach Tikva; Amir Menashe, 28, from Petach Tikva; Elior Price, 26, from Acre; and Maor Harush, 25, from Acre. Mustafa Kyosev, the 36-year-old Bulgarian bus driver, was also killed.
An accomplice of the suicide bomber in Bulgaria that killed six on an Israeli tour bus in Burgas reportedly is likely to still be in Bulgaria, possibly with another bomb,.
The accomplice is believed to have been a backup for the suicide bomber, the Novinite.com website reported. Another accomplice was set to shoot the other two if they were captured by or turned themselves in to police, and both reportedly were at the airport during the July 18 attack.
Bulgarian police are continuing their search for the accomplices.
JTA, my onetime employer (I used to joke that they were going to call it the Jewish Associated Press, but the acronym was too problematic), has a fascinating article today about Alex Oscar, Bulgaria’s Jewish community president.
Oscar, 32, can’t be called to the Torah at any synagogue in his country, because his mother isn’t Jewish.