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Little hard evidence for Israeli anti-Iran terror claims: Report
A truck carries the wreckage of the bus targeted by a bomb blast while carrying a group of Israeli tourists at the airport in Bourgas, Bulgaria, on July 19, 2012.
A truck carries the wreckage of the bus targeted by a bomb blast while carrying a group of Israeli tourists at the airport in Bourgas, Bulgaria, on July 19, 2012.
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A leading US daily writes there is “little hard evidence” to prove the Israeli allegations that Iran or the Hezbollah resistance movement have been behind the recent bombing of a bus carrying Israeli tourists in Bulgaria.


“There has been little hard evidence presented to show how or by whom the plots were coordinated,” The New York Times read on Thursday in a lengthy article on the July terror incident.

At least seven people were killed and more than 30 others injured in an explosion on a bus carrying Israeli tourists in eastern Bulgaria on July 18.

“Weeks after the attack, the Bulgarian investigation has largely stalled. Officials there have yet to identify the attacker, also killed in the blast, or his suspected accomplices,” the report added.

The US daily also published a report on July 31 on the incident, emphasizing that Bulgarian investigators have not yet been able to identify the bomber despite immediate insistence by the Israeli regime, some officials in the US and some European countries on blaming the Islamic Republic and the Lebanese group for the attack.

The Bulgarian government has tried to avoid a hasty and inaccurate judgment “in a situation with global political and security implications,” said The New York Times report in July.

Iran, meanwhile, vehemently rejected the Israeli claim after the deadly bombing. Tehran has said that the Tel Aviv regime itself has been behind the terrorist attack, considering its extensive involvement in numerous terror acts beyond its borders.

Iran's Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast condemned “all terrorist activities anywhere in the world” and rejected the allegations of involvement in the Bulgaria attack.

“The Zionist regime (Israel), as the biggest sponsor of state and organized terrorism, which has the blood of innocent people in Lebanon, Palestine, and other countries on its hands, and is responsible for the assassination of Iranian nuclear scientists, engages in making baseless accusations against other countries to escape the attention of the people of the world.”

“The Zionist regime is even ready to endanger lives within the occupied (Palestinian) territories or outside them to pursue its political scenarios,” the senior Iranian official pointed out.

According to the July 31 article, Bulgarian Prime Minster Boyko Borissov stated that the bombing was the work of an “exceptionally experienced” group of conspirators, something that Middle East observes believe fits the model of assassins working for the Israeli intelligence agency, the Mossad.

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