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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.
Former Vice-PM and Interior Minister Tsvetan Tsvetanov has been given special protection since March 4 due to a "threat on his life." Tsvetanov had announced on Feb. 5 that Hezbollah was involved in the 2012 Burgas suicide attack that killed six people.
Marin Raikov, the new interim prime minister, said Bulgaria would not initiate a request to impose EU sanctions on Hezbollah, but would "present the objective facts and circumstances and let our European partners decide." In February, Bulgaria said that Hezbollah was behind the July 2012 attack in Burgas. Bulgaria's center-right government was replaced on March 13 by the interim technocrat administration. The Bulgarian opposition has criticized Bulgarian attempts to blacklist Hezbollah.
Bulgaria's foreign minister is preparing to brief his European counterparts on his government's findings into the Burgas terror attack. Bulgaria says Hezbollah was behind the attack; evidence includes "a computer printer in Beirut, DNA traces on a used SIM card and several suspicious telephone calls."
Bulgaria's Interior Minister Tsvetan Tsvetanov reiterated that Hezbollah was behind the July 2012 terror attack in Burgas. The two living suspects, now thought to be in Lebanon, "were maintaining part of Hezbollah's structures in Canada and Australia and had contacts with other representatives" of the terror group, Tsvetanov said.
A Hamas delegation reportedly arrived in Bulgaria for a "ground-breaking visit" that will include meetings with Bulgarian officials. The delegation is headed by Ismail al Ashqar, who previously called for the kidnapping of Israeli soldiers and condemned the killing of Osama bin Laden. Bulgaria's foreign ministry has denied that the delegation is coming.
Bulgaria provided Lebanon with a detailed report on the Burgas terror attack, which it says was carried out by Hezbollah. The names of the two primary suspects have also been given to Europol. Bulgaria has asked Europol as well as Lebanon to help in apprehending the two suspects, who are believed to be living in Lebanon.
Foreign Minister Mladenov countered those who questioned the decision to publicly blame Hezbollah for the Burgas terror attack. "If Bulgaria did not have enough arguments to announce yesterday that the traces in this attack lead to Hezbollah's military wing, we would not have done it," Mladenov said. The EU will consider adding Hezbollah to its list of terror organizations.
Authorities published a computer-generated image of a suspected accomplice in the Burgas suicide bombing. Both the suicide bomber and the suspected accomplice had fake Michigan driver's licenses.
Authorities arrested two wanted terrorists as they tried to enter Bulgaria from Romania. Mohmad Gadamouri, a Chechen linked to a terror attack in Ingushetia in 2003, was carrying a document from Germany certifying his refugee status. The other man, a Turk named Erkan Polater, had similar documentation from the Netherlands.
Specialists have made in an image of the face of the suicide bomber who killed five Israeli tourists and a Bulgaria bus driver in Burgas. The suicide bomber's head was decapitated and mutilated in the blast.
A security official said Hezbollah is suspected in the recent suicide bombing of a bus in Burqas. Bulgaria's former intelligence chief said his country has had "very concrete information that organizations like Hezbollah and structures connected to Al Qaeda ... were ready to prepare attacks" since 2006.
Witnesses to last week's suicide bombing in Burqas told investigators that the bomb was detonated remotely by a controller. Local media are reporting that the bomber came from Belgium and may have been Belgian.
Prime Minister Boyko Borisov said the team that carried out last week's suicide bombing was "extremely experienced" and appeared to have arrived in Bulgaria a month before the attack. The European Union denied Israel's request to list Hezbollah as a terrorist organization; Israel blames Iran and its proxy, Hezbollah, for the bombing.
Seven people were killed in a blast on a bus carrying Israeli tourists at the airport in the city of Burgas. One witness said the attack was carried out by a suicide bomber; the report has not been confirmed.