Bulgarians reportedly arrest suspected accomplice in Burgas bombing
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Bulgarians reportedly arrest suspected accomplice in Burgas bombing

Claims that accessory in July 18 attack was apprehended are denied by Bulgarian interior minister

Computer generated image of the suspected driver involved in the Burgas bombing (photo credit: Bulgarian Interior Ministry)
Computer generated image of the suspected driver involved in the Burgas bombing (photo credit: Bulgarian Interior Ministry)

A suspected accomplice in the July bombing in Burgas, Bulgaria, that left six people dead was reportedly arrested in the woods near the border with Turkey, a Burgas-based news site reported Thursday.

But Interior Minister Tsvetan Tsvetanov quickly denied the report by Bessove.bg, saying the claim was baseless.

Five Israelis and a Bulgarian bus driver were killed when a suicide bomber detonated himself at an airport near the Black Sea resort city of Burgas on July 18.

The reports indicated the man bearing a close resemblance to the computer-generated image of a suspected accomplice released by the Bulgarian authorities last month was arrested following a long chase in the woods near the border with Turkey.

The suspect reportedly crossed the border between Bulgaria and Turkey several times and is fluent in Bulgarian.

Israel has accused Iran and its proxy Hezbollah of being behind the attack, though no arrests have been made and investigators are still not even sure whether the bombing was indeed a suicide attack or whether the bomb was detonated remotely.

Israel and Bulgaria have since signed a number of accords aimed at boosting security cooperation between the countries.

 

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