Local news sources in Bulgaria reported that a bomb causing a "strong explosion" was detonated under a tourist bus at the Burgas airport in the Eastern European country. The bus was loaded with Israeli tourists and parked at the airport on July 18. According to police sources, the airport has been closed and all air traffic redirected to the Varna airport. Burgas is located near the Black Sea and Bulgaria's beach resorts.
It was reported that the bus was carrying 40 Israeli tourists and was enveloped in flames following the detonation. The fire also destroyed two other buses parked nearby. At least three persons are known to have died as a result of the attack.
The bomb attack comes precisely 18 years after a devastating bomb attack on a Jewish welfare agency in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Israeli security agencies had previously warned that Bulgaria, which is popular with Israeli tourists, is susceptible to terrorist attacks. One eyewitness told Israeli radio news that a suicide bomber may have caused the mayhem today.