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A Pentagon spokesman said Thursday he doesn’t know whether the suicide bomber that blew up a bus full of Israeli tourists in Bulgaria was a former Guantanamo Bay detainee.
Bulgarian media identified the bomber as 36-year-old Swedish-born Mehdi Ghezali and said he’d been held at Guantanamo between 2002 and 2004, the Times of Israel reported. At least seven people — including five Israelis, the Bulgarian bus driver and the bomber — died in Wednesday’s attack at the airport in the city of Burgas.
“I’m aware of reports that we’re recently seeing out of the region,” said Pentagon spokesman George Little said, according to Politico. “I cannot confirm those reports at this time.”
Little said he “can’t rule it out, either,” according to The Hill.
“I‘m simply saying we don’t know at this stage,” he said......
Bulgarian media on Thursday named the suicide bomber who blew up a bus full of Israeli tourists, killing five Israelis and a local bus driver, in the Black Sea resort of Burgas on Wednesday as 36-year-old Mehdi Ghezali.
Ghezali reportedly arrived in Bulgaria five weeks before the bombing and arrived at the airport via taxi, Channel 2 reported. He was also reportedly given the bomb by someone else, but no further details were provided.
There was no independent confirmation of the veracity of the information. The reports surfaced soon after Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had publicly accused Hezbollah, directed by Iran, of responsibility for the bombing. The Prime Minister’s Office made no comment on the reports....
A 2005 Swedish documentary about the Guantanamo Bay detention camp starred Ghezali, who detailed his experience in American custody.
He was also reportedly among 12 foreigners captured trying to cross into Afghanistan in 2009.
There was no independent confirmation of the veracity of the information.