Bulgarian bus bomber was Swedish national – UPDATE

Mehdi Ghezali, bus bomber

Mehdi Ghezali, bus bomber

Note: It appears the bomber was not Mehdi Ghezali. See the bottom of this post for updates and more details as they come in.

Bulgaria named the bomber of the Israeli tourist bus, who killed 7 people yesterday outside the airport in Burgas, as Mehdi Ghezali, a Swedish national with Finnish and Algerian origins and a history of Muslim extremist activity.

Ghezali was reportedly a Swedish citizen, with Algerian and Finnish origins. He had been held at the US’s Guantanamo Bay detainment camp on Cuba from 2002 to 2004, having previously studied at a  Muslim religious school and mosque in Britain, and traveled to Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan, and Pakistan.

He was also reportedly among 12 foreigners captured trying to cross into Afghanistan in 2009.

Wow. Assuming this news is correct, is there a pattern emerging? Just last week the Cypriot authorities arrested a Swedish national for plotting to attack Israeli tourists in Cyprus.

It is well known that Sweden has become quite hostile to Jews lately, but these attacks are taking the hostility to a whole new level.

UPDATE: Sweden is denying that Ghezali is the suicide bomber, as are the Bulgarian authorities themselves. In which case how did the name leak to the press in the first place?

I will update in this post if and when any new information arises.

UPDATE: The New York Times: US confirms Israel’s blaming of Hezbollah in bomb attack. (h/t @challahhuakbar).  See also Challah Hu Akbar‘s updated post for more details.

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6 Responses to Bulgarian bus bomber was Swedish national – UPDATE

  1. Outrageous! We had him.

    • anneinpt says:

      Yep. But don’t feel too badly. So many terrorists slip through the hands of security forces all over the world.

      I didn’t know that people were ever actually released from Gitmo. I thought they were all life sentences unless they were innocent. I should have known better.

      • It’s all people found on the battlefield in Afghanistan. American citizens were transferred t American facilities and tried there. Others were detained indefinitely and many released due to domestic pressure. Of those released many went back to their old ways, including this one, apparently.

        • anneinpt says:

          Ah, thanks. It’s just that over here we never heard anything more about Gitmo after the initial arrests and famous prisoners.

  2. Aridog says:

    Whether or not it is Medhi Ghezali, Sweden can just produce him and that’s that. I bet they can’t do that, don’t know where he is, and have never really kept track of him following both of his releases from captivity (Gitmo in 2006, Pakistan military 2009). Sweden doesn’t give a tinker’s damn unless it makes them look bad, then they will deny anything and everything.

    Whatever turns out to be fact, the passport found on the bomber’s body, as posted on Challah Hu Akbar, is SWEDISH, not American. If he indeed had an American passport, we haven’t seen it. The passport that was found is definitely Mehdi Ghezali’s passport. What’d he do, loan it out?

    This affair is both tragic in its own right, and politically embarrassing for Sweden and the USA, since the guy alleged to be the bomber initially has a decade’s worth of terrorist and jihadist record behind him.

    In other words, from here on out, the first liar doesn’t stand a chance.

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