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New York, U.S.A. — The International organization representing Jewish communities in 100 countries, the World Jewish Congress (WJC) President Ronald S. Lauder has condemned the murderous terror attack in which six Israeli tourists and the Bulgarian bus driver were killed when one of three buses carrying mostly Israeli men, women and children was blown up outside the airport of Burgas, Bulgaria.
“It is no coincidence that this assault comes 18 years to the day since the Iranian regime sponsored attack against the AMIA Jewish community center in Buenos Aires took the lives of 85 innocent victims,” Lauder said. The current Iranian Defense Minister, Ahmed Vahidi, was indicted by Argentinian authorities, and is currently sought by Interpol.
“Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s comments regarding the Iranian regime’s involvement in this deadly attack reminds the world of the role Iran, and the terrorist groups it supports, play in global terrorism,” Lauder said.
The World Jewish Congress also salutes Israeli businessman Nochi Dankner for immediately dispatching a private plane with doctors and medical supplies to Burgas to treat the victims of this murderous assault.
In the Burgan attack that took place on 18 July 2012, seven people were killed and at least thirty-two injured in an explosion on an Israeli-operated tour bus at the Burgas Airport in the Black Sea resort of Burgas, a city of some 200,000 people and approximately 400 kilometers (250 miles) east of the capital, Sofia.
According to the initial reports of Bulgarian authorities, the blast was caused by a bomb in a luggage compartment. However, later it was argued by a Bulgarian official that the blast was probably carried out by a male suicide bomber with fake US documents. Bulgarian Interior Minister Tsvetan Tsvetanov stated that the suspected attacker is seen on security camera tape near the bus for about an hour before the blast and that he had a fake driver’s license from the U.S. state of Michigan. The suspected attacker was described as a white male with long hair and wearing glasses.
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