Iran Denies Responsibility for Bulgaria Terrorist Attack

Tehran says it ‘condemns all terrorist acts in the world,’ rejects ‘unfounded statements’ by ‘Zionist regime’ blaming it for Wednesday’s bus bombing.

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Iran on Thursday rejected accusations by Israeli leaders that it was responsible for a bus bombing in Bulgaria on Wednesday in which five Israelis were killed, saying it condemns all terrorism.

“Iran’s position is to condemn all terrorist acts in the world,” Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast told Iranian Arabic-language television station al-Alam, according to a report published by Saudi news channel al-Arabiya.

“The Islamic republic, the biggest victim of terrorism, believes terrorism endangers the lives of innocents... is inhumane and so strongly condemns [it],”Mehmanparastwas quoted as saying.

Iran’s diplomatic representation in Sofia also released a statement saying, “The unfounded statements by different statesmen of the Zionist regime in connection with the accusations against Iran about its possible participation in the incident with the blown-up bus with Israeli tourists in Burgas is a familiar method of the Zionist regime, with a political aim, and is a sign of the weakness ... of the accusers.”

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Shimon Peres have both placed the blame for Wednesday’s terrorist attack, in which a bus carrying Israeli tourists was blown up by a suicide attacker, on Iran.

A Lebanese man was arrested in early July in Cyrus for allegedly plotting to attack Israeli tourists on the island reportedly admitted to being a member of Hezbollah, which is linked to Iran.

Israel has also blamed Iran for a string of recent attacks and attempted attacks against Israeli targets in Kenya, Azerbeijan, Thailand, India and Georgia this year.

Smoke rising after a terrorist blast at Bulgaria's Burgas airport July 18, 2012. Credit: Reuters

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