Jerusalem, July 18 — A terrorist attack on a bus carrying Israeli tourists in Burgas, Bulgaria Wednesday killed seven people on board and injured at least 20 more, several critically, according to the Bulgarian Foreign Ministry and Israeli Police.
The tourists had landed at Burgas’ Sarafovo Airport on a flight from Tel Aviv and had just boarded buses to travel to the city’s Globus Hotel. Bulgarian media said 44 people were on the vehicle at the time of the explosion, about 5:30 p.m. local time. All of the buses were still in the airport terminal.
Burgas Mayor Dimitar Nikolov said explosives had been placed in the trunk of the bus. The Israeli Foreign Ministry has set up a special team in its situation room to monitor the events, according to Israel’s Ynet News.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu issued a statement blaming Iran for the attack, saying, “All signs point towards Iran. Over the last few months we have seen Iran’s attempts to attack Israelis in Thailand, India, Georgia, Kenya, Cyprus and other countries. Exactly 18 years to the day after the horrendous attack on the Jewish Community Center in Argentina, deadly Iranian terrorism continues to strike at innocent people. This is a global Iranian terror onslaught and Israel will react firmly to it."
Today marks the 18th anniversary of the bombing of the AMIA Argentine Jewish Centre in Buenos Aires. Eighty-five people were killed and more than 600 were injured in Argentina’s largest terrorist attack. No one has been charged in connection with the bombing, but evidence points to involvement by Iran and its proxy, Hezbollah.
In February, there were attacks on Israeli embassy employees in Tbilisi, Georgia and Delhi, India, in which explosive devices were planted in embassy cars. And last weekend, authorities thwarted an attack on Israeli targets in Cyprus. In January, the Times of Israel reported, the Israeli Foreign Ministry warned of possible terror threats against Israelis traveling to Bulgaria.
An Israeli who witnessed the event said he saw one of the buses carrying the Israeli tourists burst into flames.
Burgas, which lies along the Black Sea, is Bulgaria’s fourth-largest city and is a known cultural and tourist hub.