World Bulletin / News Desk
A suicide bomber carried out the attack that killed eight people in a bus transporting Israeli tourists in Bulgaria, the country's interior minister said on Thursday, and Israel accused Hezbollah of responsibility.
Video surveillance in front of the airport and the investigation showed the bomber could not be distinguished among arriving Israeli tourists, Interior Minister Tsvetan Tsvetanov said at the airport of Burgas, on Bulgaria's Black Sea coast.
"We have established there was a person who was a suicide bomber in this attack (on Wednesday). This person had a fake driving licence from the United States, from the state of Michigan," Tsvetanov told reporters.
"He looked like anyone else - a normal person with Bermuda shorts and a backpack," he said.
Special forces had managed to obtain DNA samples from the fingers of the bomber and were now checking databases in an attempt to identify him, Tsvetanov said. Bulgarian security services had received no indications of a pending attack.
Tsvetanov said eight people were killed in the attack including the Bulgarian driver of the bus and the bomber. The Israeli foreign ministry said it could confirm that five Israelis were killed.
The tourists had arrived in Bulgaria on a charter flight from Israel and were on the bus in the airport car park when the blast tore through the double-decker.
On Thursday, the airport in Burgas - a city of some 200,000 people at the centre of a string of seaside resorts - remained closed and police prevented people from approaching.
Israeli Defence Minister Ehud Barak claimed the Hezbollah carried out the bombing. "The immediate executors are Hezbollah people, who of course have constant Iranian sponsorship," Barak told Israel Radio.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Iran was behind the attack and that "Israel will react powerfully against Iranian terror."
Although Tehran has denied involvement, some analysts believe it is trying to avenge the assassinations of several scientists from its nuclear programme that the Iranians have blamed on Israel and its Western allies.
US insinuations are an invitation to terrorists, extremists, armed Syrian opposition to fabricate provocation, says Moscow
Secretary General Stoltenberg talks to reporters ahead of Thursday's NATO Defense Ministers meeting in Brussels
"A shameful verdict!", wrote Bosnia's Dnevni Avaz newspaper on its front page, calling the decision a "new injustice and a new humiliation for the victims".
Conference on Cyprus being held by UN aims at reuniting the divided island
Speaking to students in Germany to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Marshall Plan to rebuild a ravaged Europe after World War II, Mattis said Russia had chosen to challenge the "secure and peaceful" post-war order.
The MP was among ten Palestinians rounded up by Israeli forces in overnight raids
Hungarian PM says refugees should be moved "out of Europe"
Regulators find company’s search engine gives unfair advantage to its shopping service
Trump invites Republican senators to White House to discuss path forward after bill lacks votes to advance
US Homeland Security Dept. says monitoring global hacks, stands ready to assist
The European Commission's powerful competition regulator on Tuesday hit Google with the biggest fine ever against a company for abuse of a dominant market position.
Vatican experts said Zerbo, 74, was recovering from an illness but had managed to make the trip to the Vatican to be appointed cardinal along with four others by Pope Francis on Wednesday.
Monday's hearing saw sentence handed down to Folly Satchivi as well as to another student involved in this month's demonstrations, Marius Amagbegnon.