Photo: AP/Bulgaria Interior Ministry
Bulgarian police have released a computer-generated image of the suicide bomber who killed five Israeli tourists and a Bulgarian on July 18, the Associated Press reports. The representation of a Caucasian man with dark hair was produced by reconstructing the badly damaged face of the attacker, who had explosives strapped to his back.
Bulgarian Interior Minister Tsvetan Tsvetanov told reporters that the photo has been sent to international authorities after fingerprints and DNA samples taken from the bomber did not register a match in any database.
Tsvetanov also said that he had spent “at least 20 days in Bulgaria ahead of the bombing,” presumably among a sophisticated group of conspirators that Prime Minister Boiko Borisov mentioned last week.
Both Israeli and U.S. officials immediately asserted that Iran and its proxy Hezbollah carried out the attack – with Benjamin Netanyahu saying that Israel “will react powerfully” and chairman of the House Intelligence Committee Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Mich.) urging the president to “call Iran on the carpet very publicly and tell them what we know” – while Bulgaria has not yet assigned blamed.
The bomber appeared on security footage as a young man with long hair and a forensic expert a forensic expert who took part in the autopsies said he “had a white face, light eyes, and very thick brown hair.”The owner of a car rental company that denied the bomber a car on suspicion of his fake Michigan licence told BBC the bomber appeared to be wearing a wig in security footage and that he had dark skin, short brown hair and spoke English with an Arabic accent.
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