woensdag 18 juli 2012

Aanslag op Israelische toeristen in Bulgarije


De berichten over de aanslag wisselen nog. Eerst was er sprake van een zelfmoordterrorist met een bomvest of –riem, nu zeggen getuigen dat de ontploffing in de bagageruimte plaatsvond.

De reden dat met name Hezbollah achter de aanslag wordt vermoed, is dat zij vaker aanslagen op Joodse doelen in andere landen hebben gepleegd, en de afgelopen tijd al meerdere aanslagen werden verijdeld waarbij Hezbollah zou zijn betrokken, onder andere op Cyprus. Ook is het achttien jaar na de aanslag op Joodse doelen in Buenos Aires waarbij vele tientallen doden vielen. Hezbollah heeft zelf ook meermaals gedreigd Israelische doelen in het buitenland aan te vallen, bijvoorbeeld als wraak voor de aan Israel toegeschreven dood op tweede man Mughnieh.







Israeli media has interviews with eyewitnesses who said that the explosion was in the luggage compartment of the bus and people were jumping out of the windows to escape.

Of course, Hezbollah is an arm of Iran.

Three days ago YNet had a report by Alex Fishman saying that Hezbollah, frustrated at not being able to successfully kill Israeli diplomats, was ready to target tourists. This was in the wake of the discovery of a plot against Israeli tourists in Cyprus.

There were reports of an unsuccessful bomb attack that targeted Jewish tourists in Bulgaria this past January that was apparently hushed up.

YNet adds in a newer report:

An eyewitness told Channel 2 News that Bulgarian authorities were slow to respond to the event; adding that search and rescue teams and the paramedics "Didn’t seem to care too much. They took a while getting these two small fire-extinguishers to fight a burning bus, and the airport's fire truck took over 15 minutes to get there."

I am told that Israeli media is now reporting 7 killed.

A tweet quotes Israel's Channel 10 as saying it was a suicide bomber. Well, that rules out Mormons. 

JPost notes that this is the 18th anniversary of the AMIA bombings in Argentina, done by Hezbollah for Iran.



5 dead in suicide bombing on Israeli bus in Bulgaria



LAST UPDATED: 07/18/2012 19:20

At least 20 injured after attack on Israeli tour bus at the Burgas Airport on 18th anniversary of Iran-sponsored bombing of Jewish center in Argentina; Bulgarian FM in touch with Liberman, headed to site.


Five Israelis were killed and many injured when a suicide bomber blew up an Israeli tourist bus at the airport of the Bulgarian city of Burgas on Wednesday, the 18th anniversary of the Iran-sponsored attack on the AMIA Jewish center in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

The death toll, though still not officially confirmed, was reported by Bulgaria's Sofia News Agency.

The bus was carrying Israeli tourists who landed in Bulgaria at a 4:45 p.m, and was meant to take them to Bulgaria's Sunny Beach resort. Two adjacent buses were also damaged in the blast. 

Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman spoke with his Bulgarian counterpart Nikolay Mladenov in relation to the explosion.

Mladenov is heading to the site of the blast and said that he will bring Liberman up to date when he arrives.

Liberman called for an immediate meeting at the Foreign Ministry's situation room to discuss the issue with the relevant bodies.

The Israeli embassy in Bulgaria is also investigating the explosion. 

ZAKA and MDA rescue services in Israel were preparing delegations to fly to Bulgaria.

In January, a suspicious package found on a bus carrying Israeli tourists from Turkey to Bulgaria led Israel to request boosted security for its citizens traveling in the country, according to reports in the Bulgarian press.

The Sofia News Agency Novinite quoted Dan Shenar, head of security at the Israeli Transportation Ministry, confirmed he had requested the increased security at the time. 

Israel has been concerned Hezbollah would try to attack Israelis overseas in in connection with the fourth anniversary of the assassination of Hezbollah military commander Imad Mughniyeh, attributed to the Mossad.

Israel had asked Bulgaria, for example, to increase its security over Israeli tour groups in the capital city of Sofia. According to Sofia News Agency, a Hezbollah plot was earlier uncovered by local security agencies, which warned Israel.

Jpost.com Staff contributed to this report.


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