Identity of Bulgaria's Sarafovo Bomber Revealed

Crime | July 18, 2014, Friday // 12:02
Bulgaria: Identity of Bulgaria's Sarafovo Bomber Revealed El-Husseini used a fake driver's license bearing the name of Jacque Felipe Martin. Photo by Prosecutor's Office of the Republic of Bulgaria

State Agency for National Security (DANS) has disclosed the name of the man behind a terror attack at the Sarafovo airport that killed five tourists and a driver on July 18, 2012.

In a joint statement by DANS and the Prosecutor's Office, the two institutions name Mohamad Hassan El-Husseini (alternatively, Mohamed Hassan El Husseim), born in Lebanon on May 27, 1989, and had dual French-Lebanese citizenship.

His identification was a result of a DNA expertise and was established in a "definite" way, authorities argue.

The group which committed the terror act included Meliad Farah (who also used a fake license with the name of Brian Jeremiah Jameson to enter Bulgaria) and Hassan El-Hajj Hassan (Ralph William Rico).

Farah (L) and Hassan's names were previously known to police and international investigators. Photo by Bulgarian Interior Ministry

After Husseini's death his relatives are reported to have posted a eulogy on the social media in which he is described as "a martyr", the message also reads.

It was also announced that the investigation into the attack would be extended by six months, or until December 23 this year.

Within that time, the exact mechanism used to carry out the terror act would be ascertained as a new expert report involving large-scale assessment has been commissioned and more witnesses are due to be interrogated, Karina Chapkanova, who is the prosecutor overseeing the probe, was quoted by public broadcaster BNR as saying.
On July 18, 2012, a bus carrying Israeli tourists exploded at the Sarafovo airport in Burgas, killing 7, including five Israeli tourists, the Bulgarian bus driver, and the perpetrator of the attack, and injuring 35.

In July last year, just a day before of the first anniversary of the tragic event, Interior Minister Tsvetlin Yovchev raised the hypothesis that Hezbollah movement's "military wing" was involved in the act (as the US and Israel also allege), a move followed by a EU decision to blacklist the wing as a "terrorist organization".

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Tags: Karina Chapkanova, terror act, terror attack, bombing, Israeli tourists, Sarafovo, Prosecutor's Office, DANS, Mohamad Hassan El-Husseini, Tsvetlin Yovchev
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