A top Bulgarian official said it was a “mistake” to lay the responsibility of a terror attack on an Israeli tourist bus on any specific countries or organizations, on Thursday, as security camera footage revealed the person authorities suspected of perpetrating the suicide attack.
Earlier Thursday, Israeli and Bulgarian stated that the Wednesday attack on the bus in the coastal city of Burgas, killing seven and wounding dozens, was a suicide bombing.
Israel Air Force planes carrying the 35 Israeli wounded landed in Israel after taking off from Burgas airport a few hours earlier.
The Bulgarian police said that footage from airport security cameras captured the suspect roaming the airport for at least one hour, the Bulgarian news agency Novinite reported. According to the report he was a long-haired Caucasian in sportswear.
Following the attack on Wednesday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that Iran is responsible for the terror attack, saying that all the evidence in Israel’s possession points to Iran as the responsible party.
“In the past months we saw Iranian attempts to attack Israelis in Thailand, India, Kenya, and Cyprus,” Netanyahu said. “Exactly 18 years after the attack on a Jewish community center in Argentina, the Iranian terror continues to hurt innocent people.”
“This is an Iranian terror offensive that is spreading throughout the world,” he said, warning that Israel will issue a “strong response against Iranian terror.”
However, speaking on Thursday, Bulgarian Foreign Minister Nikolay Mladenov said that he thought “it is wrong and a mistake to point fingers at this stage of the investigation at any country or organization.”
“We are only in the beginning of the investigation and it is wrong to jump to conclusions,” he added, saying that Bulgaria had “excellent cooperation with the Israeli security forces in matters pertaining to the investigation.”
Mladenov added that the countries “will investigate until we discover who is behind the attack. At this stage all we know about the identity of the culprit is his external appearance and a copy of a counterfeit Michigan driver’s license.”