Canadian, Australian Nationals Identified as Burgas Bombing Suspects

Bulgaria's Interior Ministry names two of three suspects in July 2012 bombing that killed five Israelis.

The Associated Press
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Bulgaria has distributed the names and images of two wanted suspects involved in a bomb attack that killed five Israelis and a Bulgarian in Burgas last year.

The first alleged terrorist was identified as Meliad Farah, also known as Hussein Hussein, an Australian citizen born November 5, 1980. The second is Hassan El Hajj Hassan, a Canadian citizen born March 22, 1988, according to a statement of the Interior Ministry issued Thursday.

A third suspect who died on the scene was not identified.

The statement says that three weeks ahead of the attack on July 18, 2012, they were spotted in several nearby cities.

Investigators believe the suspects checked into hotels and hired cars with fake ID cards under the names of Brian Jeremiah Jameson, Jacque Felipe Martin and Ralph William Rico.

Australian national Melihad Farah, also known as Hussein Husseinv, left, and Canadian citizen Hassan El Hajj Hassan are named by the Bulgarian Interior Ministry as suspects in the Burgas bombing.Credit: AFP, AP
Smoke rising from Burgas airport terminal following bus explosion, July 18, 2012.
Australian national Melihad Farah, also known as Hussein Husseinv, left, and Canadian citizen Hassan El Hajj Hassan are named by the Bulgarian Interior Ministry as suspects in the Burgas bombing.Credit: AFP, AP