Bulgaria has identified the suicide bomber who blew up a bus full of Israeli tourists on July 18, 2012, killing five Israelis and the bus driver and wounding 35 others, the AP reports. Mohamad Hassan El-Husseini, 23, was a dual Lebanese-French citizen who was born in Lebanon. The announcement, which comes exactly two years after the attack, followed a slow and at times meandering investigation.
In a strange twist, the Bulgaria bombing itself occurred on the 18th anniversary of the deadly bombing of the AMIA Jewish community center in Buenos Aires, in which 85 people were killed and more than 300 were wounded. It was the deadliest attack to ever take place on Latin American soil. The bombing is widely believed to have been carried out by Hezbollah, though there have been no arrests in 20 years.
Stephanie Butnick is chief strategy officer of Tablet Magazine, co-founder of Tablet Studios, and a host of the Unorthodox podcast.