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Iran denies involvement in Bulgaria bomb attack
Published Friday 08/02/2013 (updated) 11/02/2013 17:32
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A bus, that was damaged in a bomb blast on July 18, 2012 is seen outside
Burgas Airport in Bulgaria. (Reuters/Interior Ministry, HO)
SOFIA (Reuters) -- Iran played no part in the bombing of a bus last year that killed Israeli tourists, its ambassador to Bulgaria said on Friday, rejecting Israeli charges that it was involved in the attack.

Bulgaria has accused the Iranian-backed Hezbollah of carrying out the July attack, a charge the Lebanese group dismissed as part of a smear campaign by its arch foe Israel.

"This (the attack) has nothing to do with Iran," Gholamreza Bageri told reporters. "We are against any form of terrorism and strongly condemn such actions."

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu this week accused Hezbollah and Iran of waging a "global terror campaign" after the attack in Burgas, which killed five Israeli tourists, their Bulgarian driver and the bomber.

Given the link to an attack on European Union soil, Brussels is considering adding Hezbollah - which is part of the Lebanese government and waged a brief war with Israel in 2006 - to its list of terrorist organizations.

The United States already lists Hezbollah as a terrorist group and US and Israeli authorities want the European Union to take a similar position, which would mean Brussels could act to freeze its assets in Europe.
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1 ) see future movement / saudi...
08/02/2013 16:15
they know al qaida did the attack,see the 2 chechens and 1 TURK arrrested the same week in spain......................................

2 ) Iran is CLEAN / It is a wonderful country
08/02/2013 16:26
with freedom of speech
honest elections
NO INFLATION
and HELPING ITS GULF NEIGHBORS all the time

all countries love IRAN

3 ) Carlos / usa
08/02/2013 23:00
I like Iran. Its Jewish population has many more freedoms than Palestinian population in either the West Bank or israel. In many ways Gazans are better off than thier bretheren in West Bank or israel. A normal israeli practice is to summarily execute Palestinian prisoner. israel only holds the innocent as prisoners. Anat Kamm, a Jewish israeli, was sent to prison for exposing the israeli murder program. Uri Blau was able to get probation. Jewish Iranians dont have to worry about demoishing hom

4 ) Outlier / USA
09/02/2013 01:39
Iran has no credibility....or honor.

5 ) charliehebdo / usa
09/02/2013 18:23
nor gays if you recall #4

6 ) gabi / australia
10/02/2013 01:02
# 4 - Israel has honor????? Credibility?????

7 ) Colin Wright / USA
10/02/2013 21:20
To Outlier #4 'Iran has no credibility....or honor.' Oh I don't know. Even since the Islamic Revolution, we here in the US have worked successfully with the Iranians -- when Master wasn't looking, of course. In any case, unlike certain countries named Israel, they have attacked zero of their neighbors rather than all of them and are capable of keeping their word. While they too conduct murders abroad, at least they confine their homicidal attentions to their own nationals.

8 ) ian / australia
11/02/2013 06:29
Call me an old softie but I don't believe Israel would stage a Black Op which involved the slaughter of its citizens. (Lavon and USS Liberty were ruthless but didn't target Jews.) Neither is it credible Hezbollah or Iran are branching out into international terrorism with a suicide attack on Israeli tourists in Bulgaria. BULGARIA!! Maybe the location is the key. No offence to Bulgaria, but it's kind of out-of-the-way. Surely a fiendish Mossad op would stage an event more believably the hand of

9 ) ian / australia
11/02/2013 06:30
(contd.) the Party of G-d (or Islamic Republic). Fierier. More lethal pizzazz. More LIKE them in zeal and audacity. (They’re not ACTUALLY like that; that's the Israeli fantasy of the arch enemies who pose the existential threat!) So, speculation about "patsies" groomed by shadowy figures working "in the long grass" don't seem credible, not in this case. That leaves a home-grown Bulgarian attack by unknown extremists (or lone nut) which the ever-resourceful Jewish State is working hard to pin on

10 ) ian / australia
11/02/2013 06:30
(contd.) its current arch foes. (It's called maximising opportunities. Chutzpah on 11!) There's also something strangely "meaningless" about attacking a bus of young Israeli tourists, and something abject and pointless about suicide attacks. It's not strategic or symbolic. It's just violent and self-abnegating. And a crude anti-Semite’s idea of a valid target. Jews. It says "far-gone extremist", "madman" (which is NOT how Hezbollah or Iran present). And it suggests an attacker with

11 ) ian / australia
11/02/2013 06:30
(contd.) limited opportunities, without the reach or means to attack anywhere else, who struck where and in the only way he could.
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