As funerals were held across Israel for five of the victims of the Bulgaria bus blast, Washington on Friday firmly sided with its key ally in blaming Iran for the attack.
The Pentagon backed up comments by the Israeli Prime Minister who claimed the Iran-backed Lebanese militant group Hezbollah was responsible for the suicide bombing.
The bus exploded on Wednesday, shortly after Israeli tourists had landed at Burgas airport on Bulgaria’s Black Sea coast from Tel Aviv.
Tehran has hit back at the accusations, calling them “ridiculous” and “sensationalist.”
Israel’s Consul General to Istanbul Moshe Kamhi was adamant about who was responsible, in an interview with euronews.
“We know that Iran and Hezbollah have been planning terrorist attacks against Israeli targets. In Delhi, Baku, Tiblisi and Bahgkok, there were similar attempts. But they failed and no one got killed. But this time we were not lucky,” said Kamhi.
Bulgarian authorities are working with foreign intelligence agencies to confirm the identity of the suicide bomber.
It is thought the man, who is believed to be around 36 year old, could have been in Bulgaria for up to a week before the attack.