Official: Six dead, 30 injured in explosion on Israeli tourist bus
Smoke rises over Bulgaria's Burgas Airport on Wednesday after an explosion on a bus carrying Israeli tourists.
July 18th, 2012
11:45 AM ET

Official: Six dead, 30 injured in explosion on Israeli tourist bus

[Updated at 2:24 p.m. ET] Six people were killed and 30 injured in an explosion on a bus carrying Israeli tourists at a Bulgarian airport, Vania Valkova, director of the Bulgarian interior ministry press office, said Wednesday.

She said Bulgaria's interior minister was considering all scenarios, including a terror attack.

[Posted at 11:45 a.m. ET] At least three people were killed in an explosion on a bus outside Burgas airport in Bulgaria, an interior ministry spokeswoman said Wednesday.

The Israeli foreign ministry said that the explosion occurred on a bus carrying Israeli tourists from the airport on Bulgaria's Black Sea coast and that there were a number of casualties.

It is not clear whether the explosion was the result of an attack, the foreign ministry said.

Vania Valkova, director of the Bulgarian interior ministry press office, was not able to confirm the nationalities of those killed.

The tourists' plane landed in Bulgaria at 5 p.m., the Israeli foreign ministry said. Valkova said the bus was in the parking zone when the blast occurred.

Israel's Channel 10 station reported that there had been a combined attack of gunfire and explosives outside Burgas airport.

Guy Ailer of Israel, who said he was on a nearby bus, told Channel 10 he saw bodies and injured people at the scene after the explosion.

- CNN's Stephanie Halasz and Jennifer Deaton contributed to this report.

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  1. Gila

    A terrible terrorist attack on a bus with high school graduates who came for a sports event......

    July 18, 2012 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
    • Jerry

      Lets not jump to conclusions, I don't think there has been any word on what the cause of the explosion.

      July 18, 2012 at 11:59 am | Report abuse |
    • There...I Said It

      Graduates today, Mossad agents tomorrow. Guess not.

      July 18, 2012 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
  2. JW

    Busses just explode all the time. People need to get a grip in the world today. Everyone start working together or this entire rock is gonna be worthless. $$$$ Cannot buy you a new planet, so if the rich think they are going to have a great ride, think again. Religion needs to go. It survey it's purpose. People do not need an imaginary man in the sky to give us morals and teach us how to act. We are intelligent enough now that we have outgrown the idea of religion.

    July 18, 2012 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
    • huh?

      Buses explode all the time? I hope you are on the next one when it does.

      July 18, 2012 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
    • JF

      These attacks are the product of evil and selfish people. Religion is an easy target to point the blame. People misuse religion for their own gain & evil ploys. People need to get a grip on reality and learn how to live in peace. We can cooperate without compromising ones beliefs or non beliefs. That's all I have to say about that.

      July 18, 2012 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Marc L from NY

      Yeah, really. Everyone just needs to sit back and chill, maybe smoke a joint, right? Keep dreaming, and leave reality to the people who understand it.

      July 18, 2012 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Eva

      Yeah I can see how intelligent we are that is why the world is the way it is today. That imaginery person your talking about is Jesus Christ. Who is real and one day will show you and the world how real he is and make it brand new. I hope you will find the truth and be a part of that new world.

      July 18, 2012 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • michael

      Seeing as how you believe there is no imaginary man in the sky I am so happy you are willing to step into the power vacuum and tell the rest of us how to act and think. Your declaration that no one should believe in religion is a perfect example of you starting to work together with the religious types of the world. I am sure your declaration will foster your sense of oneness with the religious and enhance you ability to work together with them. I am glad there are people of elitist intelligence like you out there to tell me what to believe in. Although ,with my limited intelligence, I hadn't previously noticed the detonating characteristic's of public transportation. I will watch out for the swarms of exploding buses you have forewarned me of. Thanks in advance for saving my body from the fiery tortures of riding a greyhound oh brilliant one.

      July 18, 2012 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • BOMBO ©

      Perfect Michael. You have GOT to post more often.

      July 18, 2012 at 11:05 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Stanley

    Israeli network RESHET BET quotes Bulgarian police that reports 3 killed so far. The other details are sketchy.

    July 18, 2012 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
  4. What would YOU call it?

    "It is not yet clear if the explosion was an attack... " Then what exactly was it? A welcome mat from the local Chamber of Commerce? [sarcasm off].

    July 18, 2012 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
    • pat carr

      Yes it was exactly that. a welcome mat from the Chamber of Commerce. Their Chamber is quite tough over there!

      July 18, 2012 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
  5. ru serious

    What? Busses explode all the time, are you kidding me? The only way they explode is if some crazy Islam freak is doing the exploding...the religion of peace what a joke.

    July 18, 2012 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • NaS

      You are already using the blame game. When Timothy McVeigh blew the federal building people were already looking to blame Islam. If a terrorist attack does not fit the “Islam is the perennial and existential threat of our times” narrative, it is simply not paid much attention to, which in a circuitous manner reinforces and “proves” the preconceived narrative.

      July 18, 2012 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
  6. BobAD

    Another reason not to take Grayhound.

    July 18, 2012 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
  7. citizenmn

    The work of the Islamic regime in Iran.

    July 18, 2012 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
  8. JW

    Huh?, Ummm that was SARCASM. I was speaking in regards to the part of the article that said "Not clear if the explosion was an attack"

    But thank you for confirming for everyone that you are an idiot. Wishing anyone to die for any reason that doesn't deserves it speaks of the problems we have in the world today. YOU sir, are part of the problem.

    July 18, 2012 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
  9. xfiler93

    Jews on a bus in Europe that is mostly anti-semitic, does not sound good.

    July 18, 2012 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • BOMBO ©

      Well, at least it wasn't "Jews on a train through Europe." That would not have ended well.

      July 18, 2012 at 11:08 pm | Report abuse |
  10. JW

    X2 for R U Serious, lol Sarcasm people... sarcasm. (For future reference, you can't say something and then have to reiterate that it's sarcastic) If you do that the point of being sarcastic is lost.

    July 18, 2012 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • pat carr

      You're assuming they are smart enough to detect sarcasm. Which obviously isn't the case!!

      July 18, 2012 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • BOMBO ©

      New to this blog, aren't you...

      July 18, 2012 at 11:08 pm | Report abuse |
  11. fear

    could it also be the work of Nazi sympathizers

    July 18, 2012 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
  12. SSampson

    OK folks -they have NO idea what happened – But there is another possibility that we have overlooked because we think like 'mericans all the time...

    Bulgaria has Natural gas – they have around 100 CNG refueling stations in the country..... (Compressed Natural Gas)... Sofia has MORE CNG stations than ANY country in Europe...

    They have buses that RUN on CNG.....

    I am NOT saying that this is what caused the explosion.... but it IS something to consider before we jump on the terror bandwagon....

    That being siad... I do undertsnad these days it is the first thought...

    July 18, 2012 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Atanas

      Right on point sir.Couldn't have said it better. I live in sofia and people here drive X5 Bmw's on gas... so you're right lets not jump to conclusions... if it is a terror attack... I know for a fact it didn't come from any Bulgarian natives... No one is concerned with Jews out here, people have a hard enough time trying to make ends meet, let alone bomb buses because some people with different religious beliefs came to our country to spend money here and boost our economy.

      July 18, 2012 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Art

    Hmmmmm.... Let's see now....I suspect those Norwegian nuns again. They have such a terrible reputation for setting off bombs on buses.

    July 18, 2012 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Ehud

    Someone trying to light a fire in a field of thorns

    July 18, 2012 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Ron

    Or they could have had an engine fire that led to the explosion. Did the company that made the Yugo also make buses?

    July 18, 2012 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
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