Bulgaria blast 'suspect' on CCTV

CCTV of the man suspected of being the suicide bomber that killed eight Israeli tourists at an airport in Bulgaria has been released. Investigators believe he was using a fake US driver's licence.

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President Obama calls Israeli Prime Minister over bus blast

US President Obama called Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu earlier today to offer his condolences.

The President called Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu today to offer his condolences and assistance following the terrorist attack targeting Israeli tourists in Bulgaria. The President strongly condemned this outrageous attack that killed and wounded innocent Israelis and Bulgarians, including Israeli children. The President pledged to stand with Israel in this difficult time, and provide whatever assistance is necessary to identify and bring to justice the perpetrators.

– Readout of president obama's call with Israeli prime minister

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Obama calls for bomber to face justice

President Obama waves during a fundraising event earlier this week.
President Obama waves during a fundraising event earlier this week. Credit: PA

Barack Obama added his name to world leaders who have condemned the deadly attack on a bus carrying Israeli tourists in Bulgaria.

"The United States will stand with our allies, and provide whatever assistance is necessary to identify and bring to justice the perpetrators of this attack," Obama said in a statement, calling the attack "completely outrageous."

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Death toll rises after Bulgarian airport blast

The mangled bus at the scene in Bulgaria.
The mangled bus at the scene in Bulgaria. Credit: Rueters

Six people have been killed in the blast that ripped through a bus carrying a group Israeli tourists. It is now believed that the explosion was caused by a bomb in the bus itself. Bulgarian Foreign Minister Nikolai Mladenov said: "The explosion was caused by a bomb in the bus."

In a statement, the foreign ministry said five people were killed and one died later in hospital. Thirty two people in total were taken to hospital with injuries.

USA offers condolences to families of Bulgaria victims

The United States Ambassador to the UN has tweeted reaction to the blast in Bulgaria:

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The terrorist attack against Israeli tourists in Bulgaria today is outrageous, an act of supreme cowardice.

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We extend our condolences to the families of the victims of this heinous act and stand with the people of Israel & Bulgaria.

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