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Deadly Bulgarian bus bombing likely suicide attack

Published: July 19, 2012 | 7:45 am
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Death toll rises to 8, including 6 Israeli citizens

Bulgaria’s interior minister says a bombing that killed eight people and injured dozens on a bus full of Israeli tourists was most likely a suicide attack.

Interior Minister Tsvetan Tsvetanov said Thursday the suspect appeared on security camera tape near the bus for nearly an hour before the attack.

Tsvetanov said the death toll had risen to eight, as the Bulgarian driver of the bus died in the hospital. Six of the victims are Israeli citizens, while the nationality of the suicide bomber remains unknown.

A Bulgarian government plane will fly some 100 Israelis who were not wounded and wanted to cut short their vacation back to Israel.

Iran’s state TV, meanwhile, rejected accusations of Tehran’s involvement by Israel.

A commentary Thursday on the TV website calls the claims by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and others as “ridiculous” and “sensational.”

The website described the Israeli charges as attempts to discredit Iran and its allies such as Syria.

There have been no official statements by Iranian authorities since the Wednesday attack in the Black Sea city of Burgas.

The bombing is the latest in a string of attacks and plots around the world that Israel has blamed on Iran.

Iran has denied involvement.

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