UN Head Condemns Terrorist Act in Bulgaria

Society | July 19, 2012, Thursday // 09:13|  views

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. Photo by UN

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has condemned in "the strongest possible terms" the deadly bombing attack on a bus carrying Israeli tourists in Bulgaria, according to his spokesperson.

"The Secretary-General expresses his condolences to the victims and their families, to the Governments and people of Bulgaria and Israel," the spokesperson added in a statement.

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

It was reported early Thursday that two more people died from their injuries in the hospital overnight, bringing the death toll to 8. 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.

One Bulgarian citizen is among the victims. He 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.

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

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.

Prime Minister, Boyko Borisov, announced that the terrorist attack is most likely the works of a suicide bomber. The information was confirmed by his Deputy, Interior Minister, Tsvetan Tsvetanov.

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

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