Investigators get clearer picture of Bourgas terrorist bomber’s face

Investigators probing the July 18 suicide bombing attack against a group of Israeli tourists at Sarafovo Airport in Bourgas have a much clearer picture of the face of the terrorist who carried out the attack, public broadcaster Bulgarian National Television said on July 30.

Those involved in the investigation into the attack, which led to the deaths of five Israeli tourists, their Bulgarian bus driver and the terrorist himself, declined to disclose when and where the high-resolution image was taken.

However, it is understood that it comes from one of the Bulgarian Interior Ministry’s network of security cameras.

Previously, the ministry released a series of images of the suicide bomber taken at Bourgas Airport arrivals hall about an hour before the attack.

The newly-found image will be circulated among various foreign law enforcement and intelligence agencies to assist in identifying the suicide bomber.

On July 27, Bulgarian website* published a series of photographs that the website said were of the head of the bomber. The photographs purportedly depict the face of the bomber from various angles. A report accompanying the story said that the photographs appeared to have been manipulated to remove traces of the most grievous injuries to the remains.

Photo: Chris Chidsey/

(*There is no connection between the website and The Sofia Globe’s news editor, Alex Bivol.)





Clive Leviev-Sawyer

Clive Leviev-Sawyer is the Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of The Sofia Globe. He is the author of the book Bulgaria: Politics and Protests in the 21st Century (Riva Publishers, 2015), and co-author of the book Bulgarian Jews: Living History (The Organization of the Jews in Bulgaria 'Shalom', 2018). He is also the author of Power: A Political Novel, available via, and, on the lighter side, Whiskers And Other Short Tales of Cats (2021), also available via Amazon. He has translated books and numerous texts from Bulgarian into English.