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Bulgaria bomb won't stop Israeli travel

Tourism Minister Stas Misezhnikov blamed the attack on Iran

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SOFIA, BULGARIA — The suicide bombing that killed six people, five of them Israelis, in a Bulgarian seaside resort will not stop Israelis from traveling wherever they wish, a government minister from the Jewish state said Monday during a visit to the eastern European nation.

Like other Israeli leaders, Tourism Minister Stas Misezhnikov also blamed the attack on Iran and the militant group Hezbollah, but Bulgarian officials declined to name any culprits until their investigation was complete.

Misezhnikov first met with representatives of Bulgaria's Jewish community at the Sofia Synagogue during his trip, which came less than a week after the bus bombing in the Black Sea resort town of Burgas. Five vacationing Israelis and a Bulgarian bus driver were killed and dozens were wounded in the Wednesday attack.

Bulgaria, a country of 7.3 million, has become a popular travel destination in recent years for Israelis. Last year, it hosted 8.7 million foreign tourists, including 135,000 from Israel, and before the attack, tour operators had expected their number to reach 150,000 this year.

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