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Bulgaria PM says elaborate plot lay behind attack on Israeli tourists

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Bulgaria PM says elaborate plot lay behind attack on Israeli tourists


As tributes were paid to five Israeli tourists and their bus driver murdered in Bulgaria, the EU country’s prime minister said the suicide bomber did not act alone.

Israeli officials attended a wreath-laying ceremony at Burgas airport, the scene of last Wednesday’s blast, blamed by Israel on Iran and Hezbollah.

“These are extremely experienced people,” Boiko Borisov told reporters after talks with one of President Obama’s counter-terrorism advisers.

US Homeland Security Advisor John Brennan said that Washington would await the results of Bulgaria’s inquiry but he added: “There are clear indications that Hezbollah and Iran have been involved in terrorist plotting against innocents in many parts of the world”

Bulgaria has released footage of its prime suspect who the premier suggested may have arrived on a plane from Europe’s ‘Schengen’ passport-free area.

Closed-circuit video shows the suspected bomber wearing Bermuda shorts, a blue T-shirt and cap and blending in with other tourists as he roamed the airport for an hour before the bus blew up.

Iran denies any involvement in the bombing.

“The Israelis usually accuse other countries, including our country, of terrorist acts,” said Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast.

“We oppose and condemn any terrorist act that would put the lives of innocent people in danger, including what happened in Bulgaria.”

The tourists had arrived in Bulgaria on a charter flight from Israel and were in the bus in the airport car park when the blast tore through the vehicle.

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