By Diana Simeonova | AFP – 1 hr 47 mins ago
Bulgarian police, the FBI and Interpol struggled Friday to identify a suicide bomber 48 hours after he killed six people including five Israelis, as the US said the attack bore the “hallmarks” of Hezbollah.
Investigators have released CCTV footage of the person they believe carried out Wednesday’s attack in the Black Sea airport of Burgas on a bus carrying Israeli holidaymakers, which also claimed the life of the Bulgarian driver.
After two days of investigations, Interior Minister Tsvetan Tsvetanov was only able to confirm Friday that the bomber was “not a Bulgarian citizen” and had been in the country “not less than four days”.
Fingerprints and DNA samples from the suspected bomber’s body were being used in the effort to learn his identity, he added.
The minister also made public Friday evening some scanty details on the explosive used.
“We are speaking about trotile, about three kilogrammes. Analyses are continuing,” he told state BNT television.
Trotile is made from Trinitrotoluene or TNT — a common material in military bombs and also frequently used in attacks by militant groups.
Israel and Bulgaria meanwhile held emotional funerals for the victims — Israelis Kochava Shriki, 44, who was pregnant, Yitzhik Kolengi, Amir Menashe, Elior Priess and Maor Harush, all in their 20s, and the Bulgarian driver of the bus Mustafa Kyosov, 36.
More than 30 people were also injured in the blast, three of them seriously, all of whom have since been repatriated, as have around 60 others who escaped injury. Some opted to continue their holiday in the Black Sea resorts popular with Israelis.
Airport video footage of the presumed suicide bomber released by Bulgarian authorities showed an apparently white male with long hair, possibly a wig, dressed in typical holiday gear — shorts, a baseball cap, sneakers — and carrying a backpack and a laptop bag.
Tsvetanov said the man, who was shown wandering around the airport, looked around 36. Investigators have also recovered his driving licence from the US state of Michigan that is thought to be fake.
The name on the licence, an image of which was shown on Bulgarian television, is Jacque Felipe Martin of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, born in 1987. Michigan is known to only issue licences to state residents.
Bulgarian prosecutor Kalina Chapkanova told private bTV television Friday that the suspect had used the fake licence when he tried to rent a car in the nearby town of Pomorie the day before the attack.
The car rental owner turned him down as the document seemed suspicious.