Israeli ambassador praises Bulgaria’s professionalism in Bourgas Airport terrorist attack investigation

Israel’s ambassador in Sofia, Shaul Kamiza-Ras, has praised Bulgaria’s professionalism in the investigation into the July 2012 terrorist attack at Bourgas Airport in which five Israelis, a Bulgarian and the bearer of the bomb died.

Speaking on July 18 2014, the second anniversary of the terrorist attack and the day on which Bulgaria officially released details of the identity of the member of the terrorist group who carried the bomb, Kamiza-Ras said that the Bulgarian services had done their best and acted in a way that was very good and professional.

A Bulgarian-led international investigation into the attack established that it was the work of members of Hezbollah’s military wing, a finding which in turn led the EU to declare Hezbollah’s military wing a terrorist organisation.

Bulgaria’s investigation, which also has established the identities of accomplices which it wants to face court in the country, has been extended to continue into late December 2014.

Kamisa-Raz said that Bulgarian services had been in no hurry and had been careful not to release wrong or partially wrong information.

“On the contrary, they made sure in a very professional way that the information they released was true, checked and concrete,” he said.

All the ifnormation that had been released and established beforehand through investigations had helped a lot as to the way that Hezbollah undertakes its activities, Kamisa-Raz said.

He confirmed that the release of the identity of the bomber had been co-ordinated with Israeli authorities.

Local media also reported that Kamisa-Raz hinted that Israel had all options open in dealing with those responsible for the terrorist attack.

Israel was morally obliged to hold accountable anyone who carries out violence against Israelis or Jews in the world. And as we all know the story after the massacre in Munich, we know what happened then, and I believe that this is an example that will last, 24 Chassa quoted him as saying.

“I leave it to your imagination what will happen with the terrorists when they are discovered, but all that you can imagine is possible,” he was quoted as saying.

After the September 1972 murder of Israeli athletes at the Munich Olympics by terrorist group Black September, intelligence agency Mossad and other special services tracked down and executed those responsible for the atrocity.

(Photo: Clive Leviev-Sawyer)

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