The following story is typical of disinformation connected to a false-flag operation. In this case, the attackers wanted Hizbollah to be accused and staged the operation so that Hizbollah would be blamed. Hizbollah denied any involvement in the operation and could not have the slighest motive to commit it. In “real terrorism” cases, the attack is made in order to press certain demands. The identity of those making the demands must therefore be known and claimed. In cases where no one makes demands and no one claims responsibility, it must be presumed that it was a false-flag operation.
Comment by Elias Davidsson
05 Feb 2013 18:57
Hezbollah blamed for Bulgaria bus bombing in 2012
Beirut “ready to cooperate” in probe into July airport blast blamed on Lebanese armed group, which killed five Israelis.
The bombing on a bus carrying Israelis at Burgas airport was the deadliest attack on Israelis abroad since 2004 [AFP]
Bulgaria has pointed an accusing finger at the Lebanese armed group Hezbollah over a bus bombing last July that killed five Israeli tourists.
Tsvetan Tsevtnov, Bulgarian interior minister, said on Tuesday that two of the suspects had entered the country respectively with an Australian and a Canadian passport.
“We have established that the two were members of the militant wing of Hezbollah,” he said.
“They had Canadian and Australian passports … [and] lived in Lebanon since 2006 and 2010.”
Speaking after a meeting of the country’s National Security Council, Tsevtnov said Bulgaria expects “the government of Lebanon to assist” in the investigation.
Following his comments, Najib Mikati, Lebanese prime minister, said in a statement: “Lebanon trusts that the Bulgarian authorities will undertake a serious evaluation of the results of the investigation, and affirms that it is ready to cooperate with Bulgaria to shed light on the circumstances” of the attack.
The July 18 bombing of the bus carrying Israelis at Burgas airport on Bulgaria’s Black Sea coast, the deadliest attack on Israelis abroad since 2004, also killed the Bulgarian bus driver and the bomber. About 30 people were wounded.
Israel immediately blamed Iran and what it called its “terrorist proxy” Hezbollah. But until now Bulgarian investigators had stopped short of blaming anyone.
Both Iran and Hezbollah have denied any involvement.
Rob Wainwright, Europol director, said the investigators found no direct links to Iran or to any al-Qaeda-affiliated group.
In an interview to the Associated Press news agency, Wainwright said forensic evidence, intelligence sources and patterns in past attacks all point to Hezbollah’s involvement in the blast.
“The Bulgarian authorities are making quite a strong assumption that this is the work of Hezbollah,” he said.
“From what I’ve seen of the case – from the very strong, obvious links to Lebanon, from the modus operandi of the terrorist attack and from other intelligence that we see – I think that is a reasonable assumption.”
Wainwright said the bomb was detonated remotely using a circuit board that a Europol expert has analysed.
Although it was initially believed to be a suicide bombing, Wainwright said investigators believe the bomber never intended to die.
Two counterfeit US driving licences that were found near the bombing scene were traced back to Lebanon, where they were made, Wainwright said.
Europol, which helps to coordinate national police across the 27-nation European Union, which includes Bulgaria, sent several specialists to help investigate the attack.