Iran condemns Burgas terror attack, calls Israeli accusations ‘ridiculous’
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Iran condemns Burgas terror attack, calls Israeli accusations ‘ridiculous’

Report on state television says ‘sensational’ charges are an attempt to discredit Tehran and its allies

Smoke rises into the sky after an explosion at Burgas airport,  Bulgaria, on Wednesday, July 18, 2012 (photo credit: AP Photo/Burgasinfo)
Smoke rises into the sky after an explosion at Burgas airport, Bulgaria, on Wednesday, July 18, 2012 (photo credit: AP Photo/Burgasinfo)

TEHRAN, Iran — Iran’s Foreign Minister condemned “all terrorist acts” on Thursday after a suicide bombing in Bulgaria killed seven people Wednesday.

“The Islamic republic, the biggest victim of terrorism, believes terrorism endangers the lives of innocents… is inhumane and so strongly condemns” it, the Arabic-language television channel Al-Alam cited foreign ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast as saying. “Iran’s position is to condemn all terrorist acts in the world,” he added.

Earlier in the day, Iran’s state TV rejected accusations of Tehran’s involvement in the attack.

A commentary Thursday on the TV website called the claims by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and others “ridiculous” and “sensational.”

The website described the Israeli charges as attempts to discredit Iran and its allies such as Syria.

Tehran’s mission in Sofia issued a statement saying that “the unfounded statements by different statesmen of the Zionist regime in connection with the accusations against Iran about its possible participation in the incident with the blown-up bus with Israeli tourists in Burgas is a familiar method of the Zionist regime, with a political aim, and is a sign of the weakness … of the accusers.”
Five Israelis and a Bulgarian bus driver were killed in the Wednesday suicide attack in the Black Sea city of Burgos.

The bombing is the latest in a string of attacks and plots around the world that Israel has blamed on Iran.

 

 

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