Bulgarian press names bomber: Mehdi Ghezali

Bulgarian press names bomber: Mehdi Ghezali | The Times of Israel.

Terrorist said to have been a Swedish citizen with a history of Muslim extremist activities

 
Mehdi Ghezali (screen capture, Channel 10)

Mehdi Ghezali (screen capture, Channel 10)

Bulgarian media on Thursday named the suicide bomber who blew up a bus full of Israeli tourists, killing five, in Burgas on Wednesday as Mehdi Ghezali.

There was no independent confirmation of the veracity of the information. The reports surfaced soon after Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had publicly accused Hezbollah, directed by Iran, of responsibility for the bombing.

Ghezali was reportedly a Swedish citizen, with Algerian and Finnish origins. He had been held at the US’s Guantanamo Bay detainment camp on Cuba from 2002 to 2004, having previously studied at a  Muslim religious school and mosque in Britain, and traveled to Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan, and Pakistan.

He was also reportedly among 12 foreigners captured trying to cross into Afghanistan in 2009.

Earlier on Thursday the Bulgarian police released a brief video clip that claimed to show the suicide bomber responsible for Wednesday’s terror attack on a tour bus full of Israeli citizens at Burgas International Airport.

The Bulgarian news agency Sofia reported that the bomber was carrying an American passport and Michigan driver’s license, both believed to be forgeries.

Sofia also reported that the Bulgarian Interior Ministry managed to recover the fingerprints of the bomber, which they submitted to the FBI in the United States and the international police organization Interpol. The FBI and CIA joined Israeli and Bulgarian officials in investigating the attack.

Interior Minister Tsvetan Tsvetanov told Sofia that DNA tests would be run to determine the identity of the Caucasian man, who the minister described as casually dressed with nothing suspicious about his appearance to set him apart from the crowd of people at the airport.

The ministry did not indicate how the police came to the conclusion that the man was the suicide bomber.

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3 Comments on “Bulgarian press names bomber: Mehdi Ghezali”

  1. CTEBA Says:

    Ghezali was reportedly a Swedish citizen, with Algerian and Finnish origins. He had been held at the US’s Guantanamo Bay detainment camp on Cuba from 2002 to 2004, having previously studied at a Muslim religious school and mosque in Britain, and traveled to Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan, and Pakistan.

    Let’s get real.
    Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan, Pakistan, you must be joking.
    Swedish citizen, of Algerian and Finish origins!!!
    And conclusion is that after all, that behind all this is Iran.
    I would say it is a time to take serious look who our friends are.
    Don’t get me wrong I do not give rats ass for Iran or ayatollahs but lets not close our eyes and bury our had in the send because there is always Iran to blame.

    • Luis Says:

      Hezbollah, who is the long arm of Iran, choosed this time exactly the character who cannot bring Iran on the faulty side. They are learning slow, but still they learned. They decided not to use iranian original terrorist – how ” clever ” ! It doesn’t matter if a bank was robbed by a poor man or a rich man. The issue here is who is the mastermind behind the operation. Hezbollah did the abject action and Iran has given their bless. The terrorist who did it may not be an iranian with an iranian ID card on him; the point is, the guilty will pay. Like in The Wild West. Be sure of it.

      • CTEBA Says:

        There is one thing that we agree:
        “The issue here is who is the mastermind behind the operation.”
        Let’s assume it is in my interest to start war with Iran.
        What a better way then to provoke Israel to the point that they have to react.
        In this case we can speculate till the end of time but there is no single concrete evidence to support this.
        Instead of wasting time trying to frame Iran, let’s concentrate finding who was behind it.
        If it is Iran so be it, but what if it was not and all we are doing is pointing finger at them.


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