Incident Summary:

07/18/2012: A suicide bomber detonated an explosive device on a bus of Israeli tourists in Burgas city, Burgas oblast, Bulgaria. At least six of the passengers died and 30 were injured in the attack. No group claimed responsibility; however, sources attributed the attack to Hezbollah.




Eastern Europe

region/u.s. state:


Near Burgas

Location Details:
The incident took place at Burgas airport located 10km from Burgas city center.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Tourists
Name of Entity Not Applicable
Specific Description Tour Bus
Nationality of Target Israel
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Minor (likely < $1 million)
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives Suicide (carried bodily by human being)
Weapon Details
An explosive device concealed inside a backpack was used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?Yes
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Hezbollah (suspected) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 7 Fatalities / 30 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 7
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 30
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Bulgaria to present findings to EU on Hezbollah involvement in Burgas attack," Jerusalem Post, February 11, 2013.
"Bulgaria Ties Hezbollah to Blast on Israelis' Bus," The New York Times, February 6, 2013.
"Ottawa confirms Canadian linked to Bulgaria bombing," Agence France Presse -- English, February 5, 2013.