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article imageBurgas bus bomber — Swedish citizen, former Guantanamo detainee?

By Lesley Lanir     Jul 19, 2012 in World
Several news reports are claiming that the identity of the suicide bomber of an Israeli tourist bus in Bulgaria on Wednesday, July 18, is said to have been Mehdi Ghezali, a Swedish citizen known for Muslim extremist activities.
Haaretz report from Bulgarian media sources that the country's interior minister announced that the person who blew up the tourist bus at Bulgaria's Burgas airport, killing five and wounded 34 Israeli citizens, is Ghezali, a 33-year-old Swedish citizen of Algerian descent.
The Times of Israel carries the same news report.
Friday morning news on Israel's radio programme Galgalatz announced however that the identity of the bomber has not yet been confirmed. Similarly, Haaretz Friday morning newspaper reports that Swedish and Bulgarian authorities are denying that Mehdi Ghezali was involved.
In the meantime, the Jerusalem Post reports that 5 of the Israeli victims, four men and one woman, have been named and their coffins will arrive in Israel on Friday, 20 July.
Israelis say they will continue travelling and terror attacks will not force them to remain at home and give up on their holidays outside of Israel.
On the homefront, Israel is on full alert for the weekend following rising unrest in Syria.
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