The victims of the Bulgaria bus bombing

Israeli victims of Bulgaria bus bombing

Israeli victims of Bulgaria bus bombing

Israel released the names of the five Israeli victims of the bus bombing in Bulgaria: (photos from Ynetnews).

The five Israelis killed in Wednesday’s terror attack in Burgas were named on Thursday evening as Amir Menashe, 27; Itzik Kolengi, 27; Maor Harush, 26; Elior Priess, 26; and Kochava Shriki, 42.


Channel 2 reported that Menashe and Kolengi were childhood friends who traveled to Bulgaria with their wives, who were both injured in the attack. The Kolengis had celebrated the birth of their first daughter four months ago and planned a long weekend away without the child, who was left in the care of her grandparents.

Galit Kolengi was seriously injured in the explosion that killed her husband and and was to be flown back to Israel Thursday night. Natalie Menashe was lightly injured in the blast.

Harush and Priess were both from Acre. When news of the attack reached the Harush home, family members hoped for the best, but their hopes were dashed when they were asked by authorities to provide DNA samples.

In the hours following the explosion Itzik Shriki, who was lightly injured in the attack, searched for his wife until the terrible truth of her fate became clear. She was taken to a hospital in Sofia, without him being told. Shriki will be laid to rest at a cemetery in Rishon Lezion at 12.30 on Friday.

According to Channel 2, the couple had recently succeeded in becoming expectant parents after several years of frustrated attempts.

“Two of them have gone, she and her baby,” wailed Yael Mored, Shriki’s sister. “They just went for three days of holiday and now she will come back in a coffin.”

ה’ יקום דמם. יהי זכרם ברוך.

May Hashem avenge their blood and may their memory be for a blessing.

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8 Responses to The victims of the Bulgaria bus bombing

  1. reality says:

    I’m crying for all of them & their families. May you never know any more sorrow. Hashem yikom Damom. May you all be comforted amongst the mourners of zion. Again we see the sadness of the 9 days leading up to 9 Av

    • anneinpt says:

      Yes, I had noted the date. Unfortunately the Arabs strike at any time in the calendar, whenever opportunity strikes. We have had some of our worst suicide bombings over Purim if you remember, and that is supposed to be a time of joy.

      • Richard Braverman says:

        How do we know whether the perpetrators were Arabs?

        • anneinpt says:

          Good point. They might not have been technically Arabs. I was generalizing, perhaps trying to be too politically correct. I should have said the perps were Muslims. That much is clear, and assorted terror groups have already “taken credit”.

  2. reality says:

    may their memories be a blessing

  3. normanf says:

    Words fail me…. I mean – this is what happens on a summer vacation, right?

    Its just shocking! What can one say to the families? Nothing in the world will ever ease their pain.

    Baruch Dayan Ha Emet.

    • anneinpt says:

      That’s the whole point of terrorism – to hit people when they least expect it: shopping, eating at a restaurant or hotel, discos, bars, holidays. They almost never attack soldiers do they. Utter cowards and murderers.

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