Seven Israeli’s are reported dead and 20 more injured, including a pregnant woman and several children, following a suicide bomb attack aboard a Bulgarian tour bus at Sarafovo Airport in Burgas 400 kilometers east of Sofia, the Bulgarian capital. The blast occurred in the terminal of Sarafovo Airport.
Shin Ben has closed the airport and suspended all flights with destinations of Israel, Bulgaria, Croatia, Greece, Thailand, South Africa, Turkey, Serbia and Azerbaijan.
The mayor of Burgas, Dimitar Nikoliv, verbally confirmed the attack:
“An explosion occurred in a passenger bus with Israeli citizens at the Burgas Airport.”
According to media reports, a suicide bomber boarded the bus shuttling Israeli tourists across the terminal at around 5:30 pm and then detonated an explosive vest. Bulgarian media said 44 people were on the vehicle at the time of the explosion.
When notified of the attack Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said:
“All the signs are pointing to Iran. Only in the past few months we’ve seen Iran try to target Israelis in Thailand, Indian, Georgia, Cyprus and more. The murderous Iranian terror continues to target innocent people. Iranian terror is spreading worldwide. Israel will react to it with force.”
According to eyewitness reports Bulgarian authorities were slow to respond to the aftermath of the attack, adding that search and rescue teams as well as 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.”
Shosh Eyler, a rider on another bus that escaped the blast, stated that the blast took place just seconds after the groups boarded the buses:
“The bus next to ours just exploded. There was smoke everywhere and people were running hysterically. We got off the bus and local security officers got everyone into the terminal immediately.”
This attack occurs on the 18th anniversary of the attack on a Jewish community in Buenos Aires in 1994.
Burgas is a favorite summer destination for Israeli tourists.
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