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July 19th, 2012
06:20 AM ET

Iran to blame for Bulgaria bus blast? The latest on the investigation

(CNN) – A bombing on a bus with Israeli tourists in Bulgaria was likely carried out by a male suicide attacker, the nation's interior minister said Thursday. The attack occurred Wednesday in a parking lot outside Burgas Airport in Bulgaria. Israel has suggested Iran or an Islamic militant group could have been behind it.

"From what we could see on the video cameras ... we identified a person who served as a suicide bomber in this terror attack," Interior Minister Tsvetan Tsvetanov told Bulgarian National TV.

Another person died from the blast overnight, he said, bringing the death toll to eight. The dead are six Israelis, a Bulgarian bus driver and the suicide bomber. Three people seriously wounded in the attack have been flown to a Sofia hospital, a spokesman for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel said Thursday. A further 32 wounded people were on their way back to Israel, he said.

The suspect in the attack had a Michigan driver's license, which FBI officials on the scene have identified as fake, Tsvetanov said. As a result, the suspect's identity is "currently unknown," he said, adding that a fingerprint check was being carried out.

This morning on "Early Start," CNN's Elise Labott addresses Israel's claim that Iran is behind the blast in Bulgaria.


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