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Bulgarian police acting on European arrest warrants detained French citizen Fritz-Joly Joachin, who is of Haitian origin, as he was trying to cross over into Turkey from Bulgaria. Joachin reportedly had contacts with Cherif Kouachi, one of the twin brothers suspected in last week's terrorist attack in Paris, shortly before leaving France for Turkey. A Muslim convert, Joachin was allegedly trying to take his three-year-old son to join a jihadist community in Syria. France has requested Joachin's extradition.
Authorities raided over 40 homes in Pazardzhik, Plovdiv, Smolyan, Haskovo, and Asenovgrad, in a crackdown on suspected Islamist militants and arrested prayer leader Ahmed Mussa at a Pazardzhik mosque. Mussa and six others were charged with membership in a radical Islamist group and propagating war; authorities allege that the suspects tried to recruit fighters for the Islamic State. A later report said only Mussa remains in detention.
Bulgarian authorities identified the bomber in the 2012 Burqas attack as Mohamad Hassan El-Husseini, 25, who held dual Lebanese-French citizenship. His two accomplices in the attack, Meliad Farah, 32, a.k.a. Hussein Hussein, an Australian citizen, and Hassan al-Hajj Hassan, 25, a Canadian citizen, remain at large and will be tried in absentia. The attack on a tourist bus at a Black Sea resort killed five Israelis as well as the bomber, and wounded over 30 people.
Interior Minister Yovchev said he is certain that Hezbollah was responsible for the Burgas terrorist attack that killed five Israelis in 2012. Bulgarian media claimed that the Burgas suicide bomber was born in Algeria and had trained in south Lebanon camps, and that two of his accomplices, Meliad Farah and al-Hajj Hassan, were of Lebanese origin.
Bulgaria plans to try two alleged members of Hezbollah in absentia for last year's bombing in Burgas that killed five Israelis. The suspects, Australian citizen Meliad Farah, a.k.a. Hussein Hussein, and Canadian citizen Hassan El Hajj Hassan, are both Lebanese but have not lived in Lebanon for some time. Bulgarian authorities are seeking the extradition of two suspects in the case from unnamed countries.
Bulgarian media reported that the two suspected Hezbollah operatives identified by authorities on July 25 had received about $100,000 in money transfers from Hezbollah. The money, which helped finance the Burgas attack, reportedly went into their bank accounts in Canada and Australia.