Bulgaria, US, Israel to Jointly Investigate Burgas Bus Bombing

Diplomacy | July 19, 2012, Thursday // 15:30|  views

US Ambassador to Bulgaria James Warlick, photo by Sofia Photo Agency

US Ambassador to Bulgaria James Warlick has announced that the governments of Bulgaria, Israel and the US will cooperate in the investigation of the July 18 terror attack in Burgas and pool efforts to prevent such incidents from recurring.

A bus carrying Israeli tourists exploded Wednesday afternoon at the airport of the Bulgarian resort city, killing at least seven people and wounding more than 32.

Five people died at the site of the explosion and the injured were taken to hospital.

On Thursday, the US Ambassador took part in a memorial service at the Sofia Synagogue for the victims of the bombing.

The diplomat condemned the attack and expressed condolences to the relatives of the victims.

He refused to comment on Iran's involvement in the deadly blast.

Thursday's memorial service was also attended by Maxim Benvenisti, Chair of the Shalom Organization of Jews in Bulgaria, who said that the attack had been aimed at destabilizing democracy in the country.

Without going into details, Benvenisti argued that the aim of the bomb attack had been to spoil Bulgaria – Israel relations.

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