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Hezbollah May Not be Behind Burgas Attack, Bulgaria Says, Backtracking Investigation

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The Bulgarian government has backtracked on previous claims that its investigation found evidence for Hezbollah being behind the Burgas bus bombing in July 2012. Photo: Todor Bozhinov via Wikimedia Commons. The socialist party at the head of Bulgaria’s new government has backed away from the country’s previous claim that Hezbollah was responsible for the deadly bombing of an Israeli tourist bus in Burgas last July.

Their is only an “indication” that Hezbollah was behind the attack that killed five Israelis and a Bulgarian bus driver, and the European Union should not take the incident as definitive reasoning for branding Hezbollah as a terrorist organization, the government of Bulgaria has now said.

“There is an indication that it is possible [that Hezbollah was behind the attack], but we cannot take decisions with important consequences for the EU based on indirect data,” said new Bulgarian Foreign Minister Kristian Vigenin, according to Reuters.

Just a month ago, Bulgarian Interior Minister Tsvetan Tsvetanov said the country’s investigation had determined that two of those involved in the attack “were members of the militant wing of Hezbollah.”

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