Bulgarian police find traces of Burgas bomber’s DNA
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Bulgarian police find traces of Burgas bomber’s DNA

Bomber spoke Russian, entered through Romania, unconfirmed media reports claim

The bus that was blown up in a July 2012 terrorist attack on Israeli tourists in Burgas, Bulgaria. (AP/Impact Press Group)
The bus that was blown up in a July 2012 terrorist attack on Israeli tourists in Burgas, Bulgaria. (AP/Impact Press Group)

DNA evidence believed to belong to the culprit and his female accomplice in last week’s bombing at the Burgas Airport was reportedly found at the Hotel Perfekt in Varna, Bulgaria, Bulgarian TV station BTV reported on Monday.

Hotel Perfekt is situated across the street from an Israeli tour agency in Varna, Channel 10 reported. The Times of Israel could not independently confirm the report.

The anonymous bomber reportedly carried counterfeit passports under the assumed name also found on his fake Michigan license, Jacque Felipe Martin.

In another report, Bulgarian news channel BTV said the bomber spoke Russian and entered the country through Romania.

The identity of the perpetrators of the attack has yet to be established by the authorities.

On Sunday, a Bulgarian news site said a US citizen by the name of David Jepson was suspected of involvement in the attack.

Jepson was based in the Bulgarian coastal city of Varna, north of Burgas, and gave “guidance” to the bomber, according to the report on the site novonite.com. The site stressed that the information was unconfirmed.

It said Jepson was captured on CCTV footage at Varna airport at the end of June, had spent a few nights staying at a hotel near the Festival Congress Center in downtown Varna, and had not been seen since the bombing. Police suspect he is still in Bulgaria, the report claimed.

Artist's sketch of a man believed by Bulgarian authorities to have assisted the Burgas bomber. (photo credit: screen capture)
Artist’s sketch of a man believed by Bulgarian authorities to have assisted the Burgas bomber. (photo credit: screen capture)

The name “David Jepson” first surfaced on Friday, in a report in the Hebrew daily Maariv. It claimed that Jepson is the man in the artist’s sketch being distributed by Bulgarian police. There have been conflicting reports as to whether the man in the sketch is believed by the Bulgarians to have been an accomplice to the bombing, or the bomber himself.

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