The Lebanese terror group Hezbollah reportedly wired some $100,000 to the two men identified Thursday as suspects in the July 2012 Burgas bombings attack that killed five Israelis and a Bulgarian bus driver.
According to the Canadian 24 Hours daily, quoted by AFP, the money was used to help coordinate the July 18, 2012 attack which also injured dozens of people.
The two suspects were identified as Meliad Farah, also known as Hussein Hussein, an Australian citizen born November 5, 1980, and Hassan El Hajj Hassan, a Canadian citizen born March 22, 1988. Both are Lebanese born. A third man who served as the suicide bomber has yet to be identified.
The paper cited foreign intelligence services as saying that the funds were transferred to the men’s Australian and Canadian bank accounts respectively.
A Bulgarian newspaper reported that the men had undergone training in Lebanon in 2010 and 2011.
The Bulgarian interior ministry is asking people who might have seen them to report to the nearest police station.
The ministry released a statement saying that three weeks before the July 18 attack, the three men were spotted in several nearby cities. Investigators believe the suspects checked into hotels and hired cars with fake ID cards under the names of Brian Jeremiah Jameson, Jacque Felipe Martin, and Ralph William Rico.
The Bulgarian government has long believed Hezbollah was behind the bombing, and last month, presented further evidence linking a known operative of the Lebanese group to the manufacturer of the fake IDs used by the suspects.
The EU, partially in response to the new evidence and allegations from Bulgaria, this week formally blacklisted the military wing of Hezbollah as a terrorist organization.