Thursday, July 19, 2012

Bulgaria bus bomber in attack on Israeli tourists was ex-Guantanamo Bay detainee Mehdi Ghezali: reports.....But Israel still Blames Iran

BURGAS, Bulgaria — Bulgarian and Israeli media have reported that a former Guantanamo Bay detainee was the suicide bomber behind a deadly bus blast that killed five Israeli tourists and the local driver on Wednesday.

These has been no official confirmation, but The Times of Israel and a number of other online news sites reported that the bomber was Mehdi Ghezali, a Swedish citizen, with Algerian and Finnish origins, who was detained in Guantanamo in Cuba from 2002 to 2004.

The reports, which have been denied by Swedish officials, came after a news agency Sofia said Ghezali had been identified by fingerprints found at the scene. Ghezali was detained during the battle at Tora Bora, Afghanistan, in late 2001, and handed over to the American military.

Bulgarian officials released security camera footage of the bomber on Thursday. The pictures show a lanky, long-haired man wearing a baseball cap and plaid shorts, who was carrying a fake Michigan driver’s licence. He carried a large backpack with wheels.

Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stuck by his claim that the attack was carried out by Iranian-backed Hezbollah, a Lebanese Shiite Muslim guerrilla group, and threatened retaliation. Israel made no comment on the latest reports. Read More