Bulgaria to Point Finger at Hezbollah over Burgas Bombing - Report

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Bulgaria: Bulgaria to Point Finger at Hezbollah over Burgas Bombing - Report Bulgarian Interior Minister Tsvetan Tsvetanov. Photo by BGNES

A fresh report has emerged claiming that Bulgaria has evidence implicating Hezbollah in last year's deadly terror attack in the coastal city of Burgas.

The Al-Hayat newspaper, quoting what it described as a "European source," reported Tuesday that Bulgaria's Interior Minister Tsvetan Tsvetanov informed his European counterparts during a closed-door meeting last Thursday of evidence collected by authorities indicating Hezbollah's involvement in the July 18 bomb attack.

A similar report emerged last week, when Israel's Channel 2 stated Sofia's investigation will link Hezbollah to the attack.

However, Bulgarian authorities firmly denied last week's report.

The bombing at the Burgas airport killed 5 Israeli tourists, their Bulgarian bus driver and the perpetrator of the attack.

While Israel blamed Hezbollah and its sponsor Iran for the attack, the Bulgarian authorities have not yet issued their final report on the matter.

The conclusions of the report are expected to have a significant impact on whether the EU finally adds Hezbollah to its list of terrorist organizations, something the US has already done and which Israel has been pushing for more than a decade. Such a move could lead to the freezing of Hezbollah's assets in Europe.

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