World leaders condemn Bulgarian airport bomb

The view moments after the bomb had been detonated.
The view moments after the bomb had been detonated. Photo: Reuters

World leaders have called for justice after a bomb killed at least six Israelis and left thirty injured.

William Hague and Barack Obama both spoke out after the attack which ripped through a bus carrying Israeli tourists at Burgas Airport in Eastern Bulgaria.

The group had arrived at 4:45pm and explosion happened 40 minutes later.

The damage to the bus shows the power of the blast.
The damage to the bus shows the power of the blast. Credit: PA

Early witnesses reported a person boarded the coach shortly before it exploded, but later Bulgarian Foreign Minister Nikolai Mladenoc said that the explosion was caused by a bomb in the trunk of the bus.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was quick to blame Iran for the bombing:

All the signs lead to Iran. Only in the past few months we have seen Iranian attempts to attack Israelis in Thailand, India, Georgia, Kenya, Cyprus and other places.

– Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

Five people died in the blast and casualties were rushed to nearby hospitals where another died bringing the death toll to six.

A casualty is taken into hospital to treat injuries sustained in the blast.
A casualty is taken into hospital to treat injuries sustained in the blast. Credit: Reuters

Foreign Secretary Willam Hague offered condolences to those affected and Barack Obama called for justice, describing the attack as, "completely outrageous."

The White House issued a statement stressing their commitment to Israeli security.

The explosion comes on the 18th anniversary of a 1994 bomb attack on the headquarters of Argentina's main Jewish organisation by an Iranian-backed Hezbollah suicide bomber, which killed 85 people.

Israeli officials had previously said that Bulgaria, a popular holiday destination for Israeli tourists, was vulnerable to attack by Islamist militants who could infiltrate via nearby Turkey.