Around 30 wounded Israeli tourists were being evacuated by airlift early this morning from Burgas City hospital in Bulgaria after a suspected suicide attack in which seven people died.
The injured victims were placed in ambulances by a team of Israeli doctors while Bulgarian security guarded the area. The ambulances were scheduled to drive the tourists to the airport where they would then be flown back to Israel in a military plane.
Bulgaria's interior minister Tsvetan Tsvetanov said Thursday that the suspected bomber appeared on security camera tape for nearly an hour before the Wednesday attack, which gutted the bus at the airport in the quiet Black Sea resort city of Burgas, some 400 kilometres (250 miles) east of the capital, Sofia.
Bulgarian Prime Minister Boiko Borisov added on Thursday that a Michigan license carried by the suspected suicide attacker was a fake.
No group had immediately claimed responsibility, but suspicion fell upon Iran and its Lebanese proxy, the Hezbollah guerrilla group. Iran's state TV rejected accusations of Tehran's involvement.