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Israelis killed in Bulgaria bus terror attack

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  1. AroundTheWorld

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    http://edition.cnn.com/2012/07/18/world/europe/bulgaria-israel-blast/?hpt=hp_t2

    (CNN) -- A deadly explosion on a bus carrying Israeli tourists at an airport in Bulgaria is "clearly a terrorist attack," Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak said Wednesday.
    "We have several people killed and dozens of wounded people," Barak said.
    Vania Valkova, director of the Bulgarian Interior Ministry press office, said that at least six people were killed and about 30 injured in the explosion in a parking lot outside Burgas Airport, on the Black Sea coast. The Foreign Ministry said six died and 32 people were injured, with three in intensive care.
    The attack was probably initiated by a group under the auspices of "either Iran or other radical Muslim groups" and named Hezbollah and Hamas as likely suspects, according to Barak.
    "We are in a continued fight against them. We are determined to identify who sent them, who executed (the attack) and to settle the account," Barak said.
    Bulgaria's interior minister, who is at the scene, is considering all scenarios, including that of a terrorist attack, Valkova said.
    The bus was supposed to carry about 47 passengers to a resort.
    Another spokeswoman for the interior ministry said one possibility is that an explosive device could have been on the bus, but authorities cannot be sure of it. A forensic team has begun an investigation at the scene, but much work remains to be done, she said.
    One bus was on fire after the blast.
    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pointed the finger at Iran, saying it has been behind a string of recent attempted attacks on Israelis in Thailand, India and Georgia, among others.
    "All the signs (are) leading to Iran," he said, according to a statement from his office.
    Netanyahu said his country "would respond with force to Iranian terror." Bulgarian authorities also vowed to find out what happened.
    Venelin Petkov, a reporter for bTV in Bulgaria, said that three of those taken to the hospital were in a critical condition.
    The Israelis had just arrived from Tel Aviv and were supposed to go to a beach resort about 50 kilometers (30 miles) away, he said.
    Local security expert Ivan Boyadjiev said on public Bulgarian National Television that Israel had warned of the possibility of an attack on Israeli citizens in Bulgaria several months ago. He said it was the first such incident he could remember in Bulgaria.
    The explosion comes on the 18th anniversary of the attack on a Jewish community center in the Argentinian capital, Buenos Aires, in which 85 people were killed.
    Argentina's top prosecutor last year blamed Iran for the 1994 attack, which also injured about 300 people. Israel also holds Iran responsible for the attack. Tehran has denied any connection to the bombing, which it has condemned.
    Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon told Israel Radio Wednesday, "We cannot confirm yet that this is a terrorist incident, but Iran and Hezbollah have been responsible for incidents like this in the past."
    U.S. President Barack Obama condemned what he called a "barbaric terrorist attack."
    "As Israel has tragically once more been a target of terrorism, the United States reaffirms our unshakeable commitment to Israel's security, and our deep friendship and solidarity with the Israeli people," Obama said.
    U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said the United States was prepared to assist Bulgaria and Israel.
    The tourists' plane from Tel Aviv landed in Bulgaria at 5 p.m., the Israeli Foreign Ministry said. The flight carried 154 passengers, eight of them children.
    Oren Katz, who was on a bus next to the one that blew up, together with his wife and three children, described a bloody scene.
    "The moment we got on (the bus), we heard a very loud explosion. It was the third bus next to us. Everyone started running in all directions. There was a big chaos," he said.
    "We took our children with us and ran as far as we could away from the explosion. My oldest daughter is handicapped, so I decided to run back in order to pick up her wheelchair.
    "There was a big blaze of fire, and we were not allowed to come near. Suddenly, I noticed an unconscious woman laying next to me, very close to the burning bus. I picked her up together with another man, and we managed to drag her out of the fire that was about to catch her body in seconds.
    "I cannot forget the sight of body parts scattered around the bus. Ambulances and fire trucks have just started to arrive."
    Katz, who then ran back to his family so they could get to the safety of their hotel, said he saw at least six people around him who were injured and bloodied.
    "I was not able to see anything of what was happening inside the bus that exploded. It was burning heavily," he added.
    The travelers were on seven buses outside the terminal; they had arrived on the same flight from Israel, Katz said.
    The Jewish Federations of North America, an umbrella group for local Jewish groups across the United States, offered its condolences to the victims of Wednesday's blast.
    "We are shocked and saddened by the bus bombing targeting innocent young Israelis traveling in Bulgaria," said Kathy Manning, chairwoman of the board of trustees, in a written statement.
    "On behalf of The Jewish Federations, we offer our deepest condolences to the families of the victims and stand shoulder to shoulder with all of the Jewish People in condemning this horrific act of violence."

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    Where is the outrage by the same leftists and Islamists here who will go berserk because some random priest in Florida wants to burn a quran?
     
  2. ChievousFTFace

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    Oh man... with the chaos in Syria right now, don't be shocked if Israel goes berserk against the Hezbollah forces in Southern Lebanon.

    Such a sad cycle of violence that claims so many innocent lives.
     
  3. bigtexxx

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    this is tragic

    Iran and Hamas know they can act with impunity before the US election, because Obama is neutered until then.
     
  4. Hydhypedplaya

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    Who do you want us to get outraged at when no one knows yet who did this?
     
  5. ChievousFTFace

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    Tow that party line harder.
     
  6. bigtexxx

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    you're not outraged when innocent people die?
     
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    Ehud Barak is probably not a great source when one wants wild allegations tossed out about whodunit.
     
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    CORRECTION---

    "You're not trying to score political points when innocent people die?"
     
  9. thadeus

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    Confirmation bias.
     
  10. Hydhypedplaya

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    who do i direct said outrage to?

    i think a better word is saddened. i am saddened when someone takes the life of any innocent person.
     
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    do you soften up because it's Israelis dieing? hmmm
     
  12. ChievousFTFace

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    He said he was waiting for more information and stated he was saddened. Does his stance sound familiar?
     
  13. bigtexxx

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    wrong, intern

    it's a fact that Obama is neutered before the election. Just look at what he whispered to Medvedev regarding the missile defense talks. Oops, hot mic!
     
  14. thadeus

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    You used to be somewhat entertaining. Now you're just boring.
     
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    What's tragic is that you really don't care about the innocent lives...you care about your agenda. That's it.


    I have a mutual friend on FB that eerily sounds like you or Basso. Or maybe you guys all sounds the same.
     
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    It sickens me that BigTexxx doesn't care about the innocent Israelis that died.
     
  17. bigtexxx

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    first words in my first post

    "This is tragic"

    you're just hatin', trying to deflect attention away from this atrocity. Sounds like you're the one with the agenda.
     
  18. AroundTheWorld

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    So you cannot be outraged unless you can direct your outrage at someone (Israel, the USA, infidels)?

    So you are saddened when that happens, but OUTRAGED when someone draws a cartoon of Mohammed?
     
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    irony
     
  20. basso

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    somebody else did this.
     

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