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Report: Bulgaria Tells EU Officials it has Evidence Linking Hezbollah to Burgas Terror Attack

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Terrorist attack aftermath in Burgas, Bulgaria. Photo: Dano Monkotovic/FLASH90

Bulgaria has informed European officials there is evidence linking Hezbollah to the deadly Burgas bus bombing that took the lives of 5 Israelis and their Bulgarian bus driver in July 2012.

According to the London-based Al-Hayat newspaper,  a “European source,” reported that Bulgaria’s interior minister informed his European counterparts during a closed-door meeting last Thursday of evidence collected by authorities indicating Hezbollah’s involvement in the July 18 bomb attack.

Last week the Bulgarian government was forced to deny a report by Israel’s Channel 2 that the country had found evidence linking Hezbollah to the terror attack.

This minor controversy was preceded by Bulgarian Foreign Minister Nikolai Mladenov’s  visit to Israel to brief Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Shimon Peres on the investigation. However, officials remained quiet on the details of the briefing.

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Israel and the U.S. have both accused the Lebanese terror group of being behind the bombing and have urged the European Union to blacklist Hezbollah. The source, according to Al-Hayat, said Germany and France both opposed blacklisting Hezbollah as they believed the time was not right to destabilize Lebanon.

On the other hand, the source added, the United States, United Kingdom and Israel were pressuring the EU on the matter.

The EU is expected to discuss the issue of blacklisting Hezbollah in February, according to Al-Hayat.

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