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July 23, 2012 6:30 am

CIA, Mossad Join Bulgarian Search for Terror Accomplice

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A victim of the attack in Bulgaria. Photo: Screenshot.

Bulgarian security forces, Israeli intelligence officers and CIA agents are on the hunt for an accomplice suspected of helping the terrorist who detonated himself near a bus in Burgas July 18, killing five Israeli tourists and the Bulgarian bus driver.

Bulgarian police on Saturday distributed a police composite sketch of the suspect to hotels in Burgas and in the surrounding area, Israel Hayom reported. The authorities suspect that the accomplice has ties to the Hezbollah terrorist organization.

Bulgarian media reported over the weekend that the suspected accomplice was an American citizen going by the name of David Jepson. One possible scenario is that the explosive device carried by the terrorist, which weighed about 3 kilograms (6.6 pounds), was activated remotely by the accomplice and that the terrorist himself did not know he was going to explode.

According to reports, the accomplice was still in Bulgaria, but this has not been confirmed by the authorities. Other reports indicated that a Hezbollah cell involved in the attack had subsequently fled Bulgaria across the Turkish border.

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