Bus on fire after blast
Image of suspected accomplice
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Bulgaria: Burgas probe can take years

Bulgarian interior minister says investigation suggests attack that killed 5 Israelis was carried out by country or terror group, but refuses to name suspects

"Out of thousands of people, we need to find four or five," Bulgarian Interior Minister Tsvetan Tsvetanov said on Friday in reference to the police investigation into the terror attack that killed five Israeli tourists and a Bulgarian bus driver in the resort city of Burgas.


In an interview with Bulgarian news website Novinite, Tsvetanov estimated that "the probe might take years."


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The Bulgarian minister noted that they were not able to establish a claim made by two Israeli witnesses, by which the explosive device was hidden in the luggage compartment of the bus that was transferring Israeli tourists to their hotels. He added that the investigation indicates that a country or terror organization were behind the attack, but refused to name any suspects.


Immediately after the attack, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accused Hezbollah, saying "it's time that all the world's countries speak the truth clearly and say that Iran is behind the wave of terror."


On Thursday, Bulgarian authorities released a computer-generated image of a suspected accomplice of the suicide bomber. The image of a man with short dark hair was accompanied by a photo from a fake driver's license, in which the man appears to be wearing a wig.







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