Bulgaria names the Lebanese-French Burgas bus bomber

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File photo Bulgarian investigators stage a reenactment of the bus bombing in July 2012 that killed five Israeli tourists at the Burgas airport, on Friday, April 26, 2013. (photo credit: AP/Valentina Petrova)

Mohamad Hassan El-HusseiniA suicide bomber who blew up a bus in Bulgaria two years ago, killing five Israeli tourists and the driver, had dual Lebanese-French citizenship, Bulgarian investigators say.

They identified the bomber as Lebanese-born Mohamad Hassan El-Husseini, 25.

He died along with the other six in the explosion at the airport in Burgas, a Black Sea resort.

Bulgaria earlier blamed Hezbollah for the attack. The Lebanese Shia militant group denied any involvement.

More than 30 people were wounded by the blast.

The investigators said DNA analysis had led to Husseini’s identification. He had used a fake driving licence under the name Jacque Felipe Martin, they said.

Bulgarian prosecutors and the state security agency DANS also named two other Lebanese suspects allegedly involved in the attack: Meliad Farah, 32, an Australian citizen, and Hassan El Hajj Hassan, 25, who has Canadian citizenship.

burgas bus bombingIsrael blamed Hezbollah and Iran – a key ally of Hezbollah – soon after the 18 July 2012 bombing. Hezbollah is staunchly hostile to Israel and has been blamed for attacks on Israelis outside the Middle East before.

Husseini’s alleged accomplices had direct links to Hezbollah, Bulgarian investigators said last year.