Updates to follow.
(Reuters) – Three people were killed and over 20 injured by an explosion on a bus carrying Israeli tourists outside the airport of the coastal city of Burgas on Wednesday, Bulgarian authorities said.
The mayor of the city, on Bulgaria’s Black Sea coast, said the bus was carrying Israeli tourists, but police could not immediately confirm their nationality. Police said several other buses at the site had been damaged.
“Initial information showed three people have died, there are injured,” a spokeswoman for the interior ministry said.
An Israeli witness said in an interview with Israeli army radio that the explosion was probably caused by a suicide bomber at the entrance of the bus.
Bulgarian police said it was investigating and could not say at this point what caused the explosion.
Via Fox News:
A bus carrying mostly Israeli youth in a Bulgaria exploded near an airport Wednesday, killing 7 people, according to local media reports, and wounding at least 20, police say. Witnesses told Israeli media that the huge blast occurred soon after someone boarded the vehicle.
The incident took place in the Black Sea resort city of Burgas, some 250 miles east of the capital, Sofia. Images shown on Israeli media showed smoke billowing from the scene.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has blamed Iran for the bombing of a bus which killed at least three Israelis in a Bulgarian resort.
He said “all signs point to Iran” and said Israel would “respond with force”.
It is not clear whether the attack was a suicide bombing outside the Sarafovo airport or whether explosives had been packed onto the bus and then detonated. The Bulgarian
Interior Ministy confirmed the explosion had been a terrorist attack.
Local media in the resort of Burgas claim the bus was packed with Israelis, possibly members of a young basketball team on their way to a training camp.
Update: Today is the anniversary of the Iranian terror attack on a Jewish community center in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
(Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs) — Exactly 18 years ago today, on July 18, 1994, terrorists attacked the Jewish Community Center “AMIA” in heart of Argentina’s capital, Buenos Aires. 85 people were killed in this barbaric terrorist attack and hundreds were injured.
On October 25, 2006, prosecutors in Buenos Aires formally charged Iran and Shi’a militia Hezbollah with the bombing, accusing the Iranian authorities of directing Hezbollah to carry out the attack and calling for the arrest of former President of Iran Ayatollah Rafsanjani and seven others, including some who still hold official positions in Iran.