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02 August 2012 - Media release

Bulgaria asks INTERPOL member countries to publish image of terrorist bus bombing suspect

INTERPOL launches public appeal to assist in identifying man believed responsible for deadly attack


LYON, France – Bulgaria has asked all INTERPOL member countries to make public a computer generated image of the suspected terrorist responsible for the bombing attack on an Israeli tour bus outside Burgas airport in Bulgaria, in a bid to identify the man.

Remains of the man recovered from the scene of the fatal attack on 18 July, in which five Israelis and the Bulgarian driver were killed and more than 30 others injured, have been used to create an image showing his possible appearance as part of an appeal for public assistance in identifying him.

At the request of Bulgarian police, INTERPOL issued a Black Notice – used to seek information about unidentified corpses – to each of its 190 member countries in all four official languages (Arabic, English, French and Spanish) and is now also publishing this reconstructed image to engage the public's help in identifying the man.

Bulgaria’s Minister of the Interior, Tsvetan Tsvetanov said INTERPOL’s assistance in circulating the computer generated photograph to both law enforcement and the public was the next logical step in the investigation.

“Police in Bulgaria continue to work tirelessly to solve this deadly attack and as part of our ongoing efforts with INTERPOL and law enforcement worldwide, we are now publishing this computer generated image and appealing to the public to come forward with any information they may have which will help identify this suspected terrorist,” said Minister Tsventanov.

“Bulgaria’s decision to request all INTERPOL member countries to publish this computer generated image of the suspected terrorist bomber demonstrates that they continue to do all they can to identify the person responsible for carrying out this murderous attack,” said INTERPOL Secretary General Ronald K. Noble.

“INTERPOL and all of our member countries will continue to offer every support to the Bulgarian police, through the issue of notices, carrying out checks against our global databases and ensuring that all requests for information in relation to this investigation are treated with the highest priority,” added the INTERPOL Chief.

Immediately following the fatal bombing, INTERPOL deployed an Incident Response Team (IRT) to Bulgaria from its General Secretariat headquarters in Lyon consisting of officers from its Public Safety and Terrorism unit and other specialist and technical investigative support.

Anyone with information about this man’s identity can contact their local police, the Bulgarian authorities or the INTERPOL Command and Coordination Centre at the General Secretariat headquarters in Lyon, France.