Sunday, March 9, 2014

Bulgaria: Update--DNA Analysis Confirms Identity of Logistics Chief in Burgas Bombing

According to the Sofia News Agency, Bulgarian police have recovered DNA evidence of one of the perpetrators of the 2012 Burgas bus bombing at a hotel in Bulgaria's Black Sea resort of Nesebar.

The DNA belongs to Lebanese-born Canadian Hassan El Hajj Hassan, 25, who was directly linked the logistics of the terror attack, according to reports of Presa daily.

Hassan was found to have arrived in Bulgaria on June 28, 2012. He was the one who remotely detonated the IED in the backpack of the suicide bomber on July 18, 2012. 

The detonation contained three kilograms of TNT (trotyl) equivalent. The backpack also contained two small gas cylinders.

Hassan spent around a week at a hotel in Bulgaria's Black Sea resort of Nesebar. He was alone during the stay and claimed he was a tourist.

COMMENT: Interestingly, he wore two different ball caps constantly. Two of the caps, bore the logos of US baseball teams, which were found in his guest room in Nesebar by police.

The two baseball caps were sent for analysis and the researchers managed to isolate the DNA.

Traces of the accomplice of the suicide bomber were also found on the towel he used to go sunbathing. He is believed to have forgotten the items in his haste to leave the hotel as soon as possible.

On July 18, 2012, a bomb exploded on a bus with Israeli tourists, who had just arrived at Burgas' Sarafovo Airport to spend their holidays in Bulgarian Black Sea resorts.

The deadly terror attack killed seven, including five Israeli tourists. The suicide bomber killed the Bulgarian bus driver and left 35 wounded.