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. Dana Marni

    yeah, you should all grow up, and stop being bullies, it's so easy to spew out your hate, what about being nice? is that too foreign for you? only babies and bullies use hate. you know you are.

    July 18, 2012 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
  2. saywhat

    People are dying in wars, unrest, from blasts, drone attacks, mass shootings every which place. So what is new?
    A world gone insane.
    Tragic loss of life

    July 18, 2012 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Philip

    Hello @saywhat. I hear ya. That, and people trying to have it all make sense if order can come from madness, 'peace' through War.
    Sure if you take the parts to Swiss watch and shake them in a bag somehow they will all fit together. Sure. (shrug)

    July 18, 2012 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
  4. saywhat

    Good afternoon@Philip
    "people trying to have it all make sense somehow......." very well said and so apt.

    July 18, 2012 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Philip

    The big 'parts' to the Swiss watch are our leaders, both political and religious, we the people being the smallest parts. The watch itself is every form of government or religion formed in the last 5,000 years. (as far back as written history goes)
    And so for over 5,000 years, who has been shaking the bag? Some say God is in charge of this mess. That these tried and failed and tried-again forms of government and religion are under God's direction.
    I see no evidence and have never read any that would show God's hand in these matters. God is Love, for example.
    All I see are some very greedy leaders trying to make it look as if by God. I say it's by them.

    July 18, 2012 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
  6. IDF Soldier

    I've said it before, I'll say it again – If you side with Iran, you side with the TERRORISTS !! It is very simple – Iran supports Hamas, Hezbollah, Islamic Jihad, etc. Anyone that support these groups shall be dealt one heck of a heavy blow from our IDF and המוסד (Mossad).

    July 18, 2012 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Frank

    People of the United States of America and MSNBC Lean Forward Progressives,
    Of course President Obama will condem this Terrorist attack and that's about all he will do.
    Just add these victims to the list of thousands that Middle East Terrorism has claimed.
    These Middle East Terrorists more than likely supported by Iran need to liquidated the "Chicago Way".in "A New York Minute"How about that President Obama,I realize you have been "Nickel and Dimeing" the Terrorists with Drone attacks in Afganistan and other countries, but how long are you going to let Iran get away with everything they are doing to try and destroy the West.You will have alot of explaining to do when Iran announces the have a Nuclear Weapon miniaturized to fit on one of their Ballistic Missiles.At this point I would recomend based on my past military experience(which I am sure you will take) a joint attack on Iranian Nuclear Faciliies by NATO Forces and tell Russia and China, Iran was given multiple chances to play ball but refused and we could not take anymore chances.

    July 18, 2012 at 5:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • fuzzy math?

      Ah yes. Another ridiculous post from the right. Nickel and diming terrorists Frank? President Obama has done far more than all of your republican heroes when it comes to combating terrorism. In fact, this attack was likely in retaliation for the low level warfare the U.S. and Israel have been conducting against Iran, including, but not limited to, the stuxnet attack and the assasinations of people involved in their nuclear program. Blowing up a bus is just the best that they can do,like that botched attack in Thailand. Oh, and if Iran announced they had a nuke on top of a missile, you would be able to measure their life span in hours, and they know it. So that won't be happening. If you had any military experience, which I don't think you do, you would know that. And you would also know that a conventional strike on their facilities would be a waste of time.

      July 18, 2012 at 6:36 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Hope

    It is sad... but, please, don't call the clergy to have them bless the blood in some ritualistic tradition of men; while by-standers and their government swear to revenge.

    That's my opinion and I'm sticking to it. That's, precisely, what have kept the never-ending violence going while negotiations break down.


    July 18, 2012 at 5:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Philip

      @Hope. Our government is wayyyy beyond seeeking revenge for 9/11.
      It's prevenge now. 🙂 And agreed. It is odd how religious leaders flap their national flags come wartime...even blessing those about to die for God&Country. Sick sh/t right there. Almost as sick as clergy boy raype.

      July 18, 2012 at 6:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Hi, Hope.
      I agree with you!
      Anyone who wishes large groups of people dead because of what the leaders of any particular country do isn't firing on all cylinders, so to speak...I was absolutely shocked at the number of people who wished the injured tourists would die...

      Yes, find the perpetrators who engineered this and punish them.
      Another blood war isn't the answer...

      July 18, 2012 at 6:41 pm | Report abuse |
  9. banasy©

    On the other hand, when I first read about this, my first thought was, *BULGARIA*???

    July 18, 2012 at 6:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hope

      That's cool!

      But, it could be a trick...

      July 19, 2012 at 12:29 am | Report abuse |
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