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Israelis Killed In Bulgarian Bus Blast, Israel Blames Iran

At least six people have died and 32 injured from the explosion on the bus, which was filled with Israeli youth. Prime Minister Netanyahu blames “Iran’s terror.”

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Destroyed buses are seen at Burgas airport, outside the Black Sea city of Burgas, Bulgaria, some 400 kilometers (250 miles) east of the capital, Sofia, Wednesday, July 18, 2012. A bus carrying young Israeli tourists in a Bulgarian resort exploded Wednesday, killing three people and wounding at least 20, police said. Witnesses told Israeli media that the huge blast occurred soon after someone boarded the vehicle.

UPDATE:

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — The Bulgarian Foreign Ministry says that the death toll in an explosion on a bus carrying Israeli youth has risen to six, and that 32 people also were wounded.

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel’s prime minister has blamed Iran for the deadly blast that struck a bus of Israeli tourists in Bulgaria and is promising a tough response.

Benjamin Netanyahu says “all signs point to Iran” in Wednesday’s blast in the Bulgarian Black Sea city of Burgas, some 400 kilometers (250 miles) east of the capital, Sofia.

At least three Israeli tourists were killed.

Netanyahu noted that the attack follows similar attempts in India, Georgia, Thailand, Kenya and Cyprus in recent months.

He said “this is an Iranian terror attack that is spreading across the world” and that “Israel will react strongly to Iran’s terror.”

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Smoke is seen after the blast.

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Bodies lie on the ground near the explosion.

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Jessica Testa is a national reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.
 
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