Bulgaria has named the bearer of the bomb used in a July 18 2012 terrorist attack at Bourgas Airport that killed five Israelis, a Bulgarian and the bomber himself as Lebanese-born Mohammad Hassan El Husseini, alternatively spelt Mohamed Hassan El Husseim.
The announcement was made by Bulgarian prosecutors and the State Agency for National Security two years to the day since the attack, which a Bulgarian-led international investigation found to have been the work of members of the military wing of Hezbollah.
The statement said that the identity of the perpetrator had been firmly established on the basis of DNA and numerous other investigative procedures.
The perpetrator used a fake driving licence from the US state of Michigan in the name of Jacque Felipe Martin.
He was born in Lebanon on May 27 1989 and had Lebanese and French nationality.
He was a member of the group involved in the attack, including the previously identified Meliad Farah (using a driving licence in the name of Brian Jeremiah Jamison) and Hassan al-Hajj Hassan (using a driving licence in the name of Ralph William Rico).
It is known that friends and relatives of Hussein published on social networks praise of his death in his role as a “martyr”, the statement said.
The investigation carried out by the Regional Prosecutor’s Office in Bourgas was continuing, the statement said.
It listed a number of investigative methods being used, including interviews with numerous witnesses and various forensic methods.
As a result of work jointly by the Prosecutor’s Office and the State Agency for National Security and partner services and after exchanges of information, a large number of applications for legal assistance to various countries had been prepared, the statement said.