» 07/21/2012, 00.00
For US, tourist attack bore "some of the hallmarks of Hezbollah"
Pentagon joins Israel. The attacker wore a wig, had a Middle Eastern accent, and probably enjoyed logistical support from one or two people. Three kg of TNT were used.
(AsiaNews/Agencies) - The man who carried out the attack was of Middle Eastern appearance
and probably did not act alone. For Israel and the United States, he belonged
to a Hizbollah cell. The identity of the bomber, whether he acted alone or with
accomplices, and for what group are questions in search for an answer and are shaping
the ongoing investigation into the bus attack in Burgas, Bulgaria, that left
seven people dead, including five Israeli tourists, and 32 wounded.
now investigators are trying to identify possible suspects, sifting through the
evidence. The long-haired man wearing a baseball cap seen on CCTV cameras in
the lobby of a Black Sea resort (pictured)
probably wore a wig and came from the Middle East.
had an almost shaven head. . . . His hair was brown," said Afrodita Petrova,
from the car rental company where he tried to get a car. He was of Arabic
appearance, she added, and had dark skin and spoke English with an Arabic
accent. He also had a lot of money in EUR 500 notes. When he tried to hire a
car, he was turned down because of doubts about his driving licence photo.
investigators are working with the FBI and the CIA to identify the man through
fingerprints and DNA samples.
State Agency for National Security (DANS) denied media reports suggesting that
an active terror cell on Bulgarian soil assisted the Burgas terrorist who "most
probably relied on the support of assistants and the logistics of the bomb plot
was handled by one or two people who entered and left the country repeatedly".
Interior Minister Tsvetan Tsvetanov said that the suicide bomber used three
kilograms of trinitrotoluene explosives (TNT).
As for who was behind the attack, Israel
blamed Iran and Hizbollah right after the blast. Now US Department of Defence
spokesman George Little said that the attack bore "some of the hallmarks
of Hezbollah;" however, the Pentagon was "not in a position to make any
Suicide bomber on Israeli buses held false U.S passport
For Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu "all signs point to Iran." Today two planes will bring injured in attack in Bulgaria home. Security cameras reveal bomber had been hanging around the airport for an hour.
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