Death Toll in Terror Act Rises to 8, 1 Bulgarian among Victims

Crime | July 19, 2012, Thursday // 08:08|  views

Foreign Minister, Nikolay Mladenov, reported that the death toll from the terrorist attack on a bus with Israeli tourists on Bulgaria's Black Sea coast has risen to 8. Photo by BGNES

One Bulgarian citizen is among the victims of the terrorist attack at the airport of Bulgaria's Black Sea city of Burgas.

The man has been identified as M.K., 36, the driver of the blasted bus, which was supposed to carry a group of Israeli tourists to the Sunny Beach resort.

A bus carrying Israeli tourists exploded Wednesday afternoon at the airport of the Bulgarian resort city.

Speaking early Thursday morning from Burgas for the largest private TV channel bTV, Bulgarian Foreign Affairs Minister, Nikolay Mladenov, updated the information about the casualties and the injured.

Sadly, two more people died from their injuries in the hospital overnight, bringing the death toll to 8. One was the Bulgarian driver and the other an unidentified Israeli woman.

The number of wounded is 37. They were admitted to hospitals in Burgas. The three most critical were transported overnight by a government military plane to Sofia.

The Burgas airport remains closed, the flights are diverted to the airport of the other Black Sea city of Varna.

At least 64 Israeli tourists remain at the airport. Food, drinks and blankets have been provided for them.

The investigators remain at the premises questioning witnesses and examining tapes from security cameras.

Security has been upped in hotels where Israeli tourists are accommodated.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister, Boyko Borisov, announced that the terrorist attack is most likely the works of a suicide bomber.

The Bulgarian services are working together with the US FBI and CIA and with the Israeli investigators.

According to Bulgarian Middle East expert Vladimir Chukov, the terrorist attack is unprecedented for an EU Member State.

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