"Eighteen years exactly after the blast at the Jewish community center in Argentina, murderous Iranian terror continues to hit innocent people," he said. "This is an Iranian terror attack that is spreading throughout the entire world. Israel will react powerfully against Iranian terror."
'I Am Shocked And Saddened'
Meanwhile, Bulgaria's European Commission member, Humanitarian Aid Commissioner Kristalina Georgieva became one of the country's first officials to respond to reports of the attack, writing on Twitter: "I am shocked and saddened by the news about the explosion in Burgas in which there are casualties."
News agencies reported multiple sources at the scene indicating it may have been a suicide attack.
"We think that (it was a suicide bomber)," witness Aviva Malka told Israeli Army Radio, answering a question in a phone interview at the scene. "We sat down and within a few seconds we heard a large boom and we ran away. We managed to escape through a hole on the bus. We saw bodies and many injured people," she said. Other witnesses offered similar information.
The Times of Israel newspaper, meanwhile, is reporting on its website that the bus passengers had landed at Burgas on a flight from Tel Aviv at 4:40 p.m. local time.
Following the apparent attack, officials sealed the airport entirely and redirected flights to Varna. Israeli rescue workers have reportedly already been dispatched to Bulgaria.
The Israeli media is also reporting that Israel's Foreign Ministry has been issuing warnings since January about the possibility of a terrorist attack in Bulgaria. The Jerusalem Post reported that, after a suspicious package had been found on a bus that had transported Israeli tourists from Turkey to Bulgaria, the Israeli government requested additional security for its citizens traveling to the country.
The Israeli government has been concerned that Israeli citizens could be subject to attacks abroad by the radical Islamist Hezbollah. Tourists had been admonished to take extra precautionary measures while traveling in Bulgaria.
Intellpuke: You can read this Spiegel article in context here: www.spiegel.de/international/europe/israeli-tourists-killed-in-possible-attack-in-bulgaria-a-845186.html