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Bulgarian nationalist party takes government to task for blaming pro-Iranian militants for last year’s terror attack in Burgas.
Bulgaria will pay a high price for maintaining that Hezbollah was involved in last year’s terror attack in the Black Sea resort of Burgas, the leader of the country’s nationalist Ataka party has warned.
Iran Denies Involvement in Bomb Attack
Iran played no part in the bombing of a bus last year that killed Israeli tourists, its ambassador to Bulgaria said on Friday, rejecting Israeli charges that it was involved in the attack.
"This (the attack) has nothing to do with Iran," Gholamreza Bageri told reporters. "We are against any form of terrorism and strongly condemn such actions."
“Bulgaria’s government is playing a dangerous game and I am absolutely sure this is a mistake and we all will pay a high price for it,” Volen Siderov told the state TV on Friday.
“The most important thing is that by pointing your finger at Hezbollah, which is the leading government player in Lebanon, you point your finger at the whole country,” he said.
The statement came in response to the announcement by Bulgarian Interior Minister, Tsvetan Tsvetanov, that two persons from the pro-Iranian military wing of Hezbollah were behind the Burgas bus bombing.
On Tuesday, Interior Minister Tsvetanov said that Bulgaria had identified two of the three perpetrators of the July 2012 terror attack against Israeli tourists in Burgas.
They had an Australian and a Canadian passport, but since 2006 had been residing in Lebanon, Tsvetanov said.
Five Israelis and their Bulgarian driver were killed when the bus they were boarding outside Burgas airport blew up on July 18.
Over 30 others were injured, three seriously, in the bombing, which Israel blamed on Hezbollah militants.
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