Israeli Bus Blast Kills 7 in Bulgaria: Netenyahu Blames Iran
7 Killed in Tourist Bus Explosion: Terror Attack in Bulgaria
On July 18, 2012, a tour bus explosion killed seven Israeli tourists and injured at least 32 more. The bus exploded in front of the airport in Burgas. Witnesses said that the explosion occurred just after someone boarded the bus.
The immediate presumption was "suicide bomber", but that has yet to actually be confirmed. As we're talking about a busload of Israeli tourists in Europe just before the Olympics begin, and on the 18th anniversary of the attack on the AMIA Buenos Aires Jewish Center, a terror attack is a reasonable presumption.
Israeli President Benjamin Netenyahu blamed Iran before the attack has even confirmed as a suicide bomb, though did not clarify why. (Israel has been rattling the saber against Iran, and vice versa, for months, though there's no clear reason why such a war is as inevitable as both nations' leaders want their people to believe.)
Netenyahu's statement: "Iran is responsible for the terror attack in Bulgaria, we will have a strong response against Iranian terror."
A statement from tour operator Kavei Hufsha reads, "In accordance with the information that we have received from our local representative in Burgus, an explosion took place on a bus which drove our tourists near the airport. We have sent our representatives to the airport as well as to the nearby hospital in order to provide any assistance. At the same time, we are sending our representatives from Israel on the first flight which is set to leave after midnight."
If you are flying to or from Tel Aviv today or tomorrow, your flight will probably be delayed. Check flight status here: