Bus:Israel and Iran trade fighting words on Hungarian attack

19 July, 18:30

(ANSAMed) - Jerusalem, July 19 - Israeli defense minister Ehud Barak Thursday blamed Iran and the Lebanese Shiite group Hezbollah for Wednesday's suicide bombing of a bus full of Israeli tourists in Hungary.

An explosion on a tourist bus packed with 151 people at the Burgas airport on the Black Sea killed seven and wounded 30, Bulgarian interior minister Tsvetan Tsvetanov told journalists Thursday.

An airport security camera revealed the presumed bomber as a blond haired man in his mid-30's, who carried a large backpack and computer case. Tsvetanov said he carried a false U.S.

driver's license, and that authorities were able to collect his fingerprints and DNA. "Israel is facing a global wave of terrorism financed by Iran," Ehud Barak said on Israeli public radio Thursday. "The Al-Qaeda and Islamic Jihad are also at work," Barak added, citing a long series of recent attacks and attempted attacks on Israelis abroad, in countries like Kenya, Thailand, Azerbaijan, Turkey, Greece, Georgia and Cyprus.

"We will do everything possible to find the perpetrators of the Burgas attack and those who sent them - and to punish them," Barak said.

Iran's foreign minister Ramin Mehmanparast responded to the accusations claiming Iran was the first victim of terrorism and condemning every politically motivated attack on the lives of innocent people as "inhuman".

"Israel is the major sponsor of organized, state sponsored terrorism," Mehmanparast declared, citing as an example, the assassination of some nuclear scientists on Iranian soil.

The minister's comments were made in an interview on Iranian television. (ANSAmed).


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