JERUSALEM — Bulgaria said Thursday that a suicide bomber carrying a fake Michigan driver’s license was responsible for an explosion the day before on a bus carrying Israeli tourists, an attack Israel blamed on Iran.
Seven people were killed in the attack, including five Israelis, the Bulgarian bus driver and the bomber, Bulgarian Interior Minister Tsvetan Tsvetanov told reporters in Burgas, the Black Sea city where the bombing took place. Tsvetanov said investigators were using DNA to try to identify the bomber, who video surveillance footage showed had blended into the crowd by wearing shorts and a backpack.
The blast occurred in the late afternoon outside the airport in Burgas shortly after a charter flight carrying 154 people, all but three of them Israeli citizens, arrived from Tel Aviv, the Bulgarian Foreign Ministry said. Israeli and Bulgarian media reported that the travelers had boarded buses that were to take them to a hotel, and the Bulgarian interior minister told Bulgarian radio that explosives had been planted on the vehicle, perhaps in passengers’ luggage. The Foreign Ministry said in a statement that it was “working on the theory that this was a terrorist attack.”