5 Israelis dead in bombing of Israeli bus in Bulgaria
34 injured after attack on Israeli tour bus at the Burgas Airport in Bulgaria.
July 18, 2012 - Seven people were killed, five of them Israelis, and 32 injured when a bomb exploded on an Israeli tourist bus at the airport of the Bulgarian city of Burgas on Wednesday, the 18th anniversary of the Iran-sponsored attack on the AMIA Jewish center in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
The Israeli victims are:
Itzik Colangi, 28, from Petah Tikva, Amir Menashe, 28, from Petah Tikva, Meor Herush, 25, from Acre, Elior Price, 26, from Acre and Kochava Shriki, 42 from Rishon Lezion.
Six of the victims died on the spot, and the seventh in the hospital following the attack, Bulgarian officials confirmed. Two of the victims were said to be Bulgarian -- the bus driver and tour guide.
The bus was carrying 42 Israeli tourists who landed in Bulgaria at a 4:45 p.m for a vacation in Sunny Beach. Two adjacent buses were also damaged in the blast.
Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman spoke with his Bulgarian counterpart Nikolay Mladenov in relation to the explosion.
Mladenov was heading to the site of the blast and said that he would bring Liberman up to date when he arrives.
Liberman called for an immediate meeting at the Foreign Ministry''s situation room to discuss the issue with the relevant bodies.
The Israeli embassy in Bulgaria was also investigating the explosion.
In January, a suspicious package found on a bus carrying Israeli tourists from Turkey to Bulgaria led Israel to request boosted security for its citizens traveling in the country, according to reports in the Bulgarian press.
The Sofia News Agency Novinite quoted Dan Shenar, head of security at the Israeli Transportation Ministry, confirmed he had requested the increased security at the time.
Israel has been concerned Hezbollah would try to attack Israelis overseas in in connection with the fourth anniversary of the assassination of Hezbollah military commander Imad Mughniyeh, attributed to the Mossad.
Israel had asked Bulgaria, for example, to increase its security over Israeli tour groups in the capital city of Sofia. According to Sofia News Agency, a Hezbollah plot was earlier uncovered by local security agencies, which warned Israel.