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US: Signs Hezbollah staged Bulgaria attack

2012-07-20 22:12

Washington - There are signs Lebanon's Hezbollah may have orchestrated a suicide bombing attack on Israeli tourists in Bulgaria this week, a Pentagon spokesperson said on Friday.

"The attack does bear some of the hallmarks of Hezbollah but we're not in a position to make any final determination on who was responsible," press secretary George Little told reporters.

"The Bulgarians are investigating," he said.

Bulgaria's interior minister said the bomber used 3kg of trotile explosive to blow up the bus.

Trotile is made from Trinitrotoluene or TNT - a common material in military bombs and also frequently used in attacks by militant groups.

"We are speaking about trotile, about three kilogrammes," Interior Minister Tsvetan Tsvetanov told BNT state television.

"Analyses of the material collected from the site of the explosion are continuing," he added.

"We are also continuing all work on determining the identity of the attacker on the basis of collected fingerprints and DNA samples."

The bomb that ripped through the bus at Burgas airport on the Black Sea killed five Israeli tourists and injured more than 30, in the deadliest attack on Israelis abroad since 2004.

Israeli officials have publicly accused Iran and Hezbollah of carrying out the attack, though observers say it is unlikely to take military action against either Iran or Lebanon in response.

President Barack Obama has condemned the bombing as a "barbaric terrorist attack" and the White House said he spoke to Bulgaria's prime minister, offering US assistance in the investigation.

"We are working to assess the facts and, with our partners, to discover who was responsible," White House spokesperson Jay Carney told reporters aboard Air Force One en route to Florida.

But Carney said he could not confirm if Hezbollah was behind the attack.

The New York Times quotes unnamed US officials saying the suicide bomber was part of a Hezbollah cell and that the assault was part of a broader "shadow war" between Israel and Iran.

With international pressure mounting on Tehran over its disputed nuclear program, the attack was meant as retaliation for the assassinations of Iranian nuclear scientists, which Iran has alleged were carried out by Israeli agents.

Israel has neither confirmed nor denied the accusations.

Comments
  • fidel.mgoqi - 2012-07-20 22:31

    There are millions of Muslims around the world who would want to hurt Israelis without being encouraged by any of the resistance groups based in the Middle East. But Hezbollah has to be mentioned because the link to Iran must be maintained so as to justify a war with Iran. Must try harder.......

      jameel.patel.39 - 2012-07-21 06:25

      remember when they posted the pictures of the 911 hijackers, stating those men were all on the plane and responsible, and weeks later many of them were still alive not even aware they "dead"

      dominic.goller.9 - 2012-07-21 06:29

      Well Fidel, at least an honest comment from you for once, you have just admitted that Muslims around the world are out the hurt Israelis, why Israelis? Is it because they are Jews, a sworn enemy of all Muslims. Now by your own comment you can see what Jews are up against, hatred for them

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-07-21 08:43

      You seem to be asking a question you immediately answer yourself, a self serving practice that enables some abstract commentary that has no relation to facts at hand.

  • lownabester - 2012-07-20 22:52

    Hezbollah, You bunch of cowards, Are you not in the your so called holy month of ramadaan!!!!!! I spit on you, all. Israel will not be defeated,

      Beertjie Peertjie - 2012-07-21 03:44

      But, why do u seem to get something out of Israel not being defeated? Not that I'm saying they will or should be?

  • Gcodi Mahomed - 2012-07-21 06:12

    mossad,definetly mossad

      thomas.obrian.92 - 2012-07-21 07:03

      Gcodi, you are obviously an idiot!

      jaba.kov - 2012-07-21 11:42

      The only ‘brother on brother’ killing I have seen is in the Muslim world - Libya, Syria, Yemen, Bahrain, Egypt, Sudan etc. Jews don’t kill other Jews - thus it could not have been Mossad. Moreover Muslims have not only been slaughtering their brethren, but also their cousins (Jews) for centuries…

  • Sonnyjakes - 2012-07-21 07:25

    @Jameel.patel.39 "remember when they posted the pictures of the 911 hijackers, stating those men were all on the plane and responsible, and weeks later many of them were still alive not even aware they "dead" Please enlighten us or are you chasing urban legends and anti jewish rumours?

  • sean.wasserman.3 - 2012-07-21 07:53

    Israel, please don't take the bait. Don't be suckered into a retaliation. Rather pray for and support the victims and their families.\r\n\r\nLet the world see the brutality and cowardice of the Muslim extremists. \r\n\r\nBut if you do retaliate, make it quick and quiet. Don't give them more propaganda to use against you.

      jaba.kov - 2012-07-21 11:53

      Agree wholeheartedly, let me add though; Israel is run by a majority led democracy ie Ashkenazi Jews. What Israel needs is a Government that comes from the 40% Jews who come from Arab lands (people like Shaul Mofaz who I think is from Moroccan descent) - they know how highly Arabs perceive 'respect' and their way of life; as they are more accustomed to their natural behaviour. Ashkenazi Jews will retaliate after a terror attack as any western would - what is needed is for someone to ignore and turn a blind eye so that the Arabs realise that this kind of violence doesn’t revolutionize anything in Israel proper – I believe the Sephardim Jews could better negotiate with Arabs. (just my 2c worth)

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-07-21 12:11

      I agree with you Jaba. The problem with Israel are the right-wing Ashkenazis who brought their racial bigotry with them from Europe. They even discriminate against the Shephardic Semites. The latter lived at peace with their neighbours. The former are terrorists, just like netayahoo.

      jaba.kov - 2012-07-21 14:12

      well i do not agree with you fidel - Most Spharadim are in the right wing while if you look at the leftist 'Peace Now' camp you will find mostly Ashkenazim, so what you say is not true. They are the majority and as a true democracy they are in power. all i said was that there is a sect of Israel society who could do better at negotiating with Arabs as they understand Arabs and speak Arabic better then Ashkanazim. fact remains that Israel wants peace with her neighbours - not war, unfortunately the same is not true of the Arab side, as at this moment they are controlled by extremists who terrorise Israeli society and indirectly Palestinian society as well.

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-07-21 14:40

      "Most Spharadim are in the right wing while if you look at the leftist 'Peace Now' camp you will find mostly Ashkenazim, so what you say is not true." My reference is to the political and business classes. I've seen a documentary where the Semites are discriminated against in all aspects of society, being it in housing, religious rites, marriage, civil service, the army and in politics. It is an unspoken institutionalised discrimination. It's not an accident as these ex Europeans thought of the Sephardic Jews as less people because of their skin colour. They consider them as their brethren for political reasons only. It's an inherent sickness in Caucasians!

      jaba.kov - 2012-07-21 15:36

      have you ever met a Jew fidel? skin color? why do you think Hitler found it so easy to round up the Jews in EUROPE fidel? they were darker then their European neighbours - add to that the fact that Arabs are not exactly black - what do you get? whether a Jew came from Yemen or Russia they initially came from biblical Israel and share allot in common after reuniting in Israel three thousand years later. Jews in general have a darker complexion. I have met an Israeli who was blond with blue eyes - her parents came from Morocco. There is no discrimination in Israel today, maybe there was decades ago, but not today as most Israelis do not call themselves Ashkenazi or Sphradi but rather Israeli. Furthermore, the largest growing portion of the population is the children of mixed backgrounds - so if you are telling the truth, and you did see a documentary about this 'racism' be assured that it will be short lived, cause the vast majority of Israelis today are Sabras ie born in Israel. which brings me back to my original comment when you went complete of track... while there are still Sphardic Jews who understand Arab culture and speak the language - Israel should use their skills in trying to negotiate peace in the Arab Middle East... although chances are low as Arab rulers use "hate" towards Israel as a uniting factor. but that is changing - proof is the fall of Qadafi and soon to be the butcher of Damascus ASSad.

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-07-21 16:14

      Rubbish, Khazarian Jews from Eastern Europe have no genetic link to biblical Jews, other than adopting the Jewish faith in the early centuries A.D.

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