Iran denies role in Bulgarian bombing

July 20, 2012 at 9:38 AM

TEHRAN, July 20 (UPI) -- An Iranian official said claims made by Israel that Tehran was behind a suicide bombing in Bulgaria that targeted Israeli citizens were unfounded.

Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu accused Iran and its Lebanese allies Hezbollah of conduction a campaign of terrorism around the world.

Israel this week accused Iran and Hezbollah of playing a role in the suicide bombing of a bus in Bulgaria that killed several Israeli tourists.

"Iran is a global terrorism state," Netanyahu said in a statement. "It must bear the consequences."

Netanyahu said the attack in Bulgaria coincided with the date of a 1994 bombing of Jewish community center in Argentina. More than 300 people were injured and 85 people, many of whom were Jewish, died in that attack.

Esmaeil Kowsari, a lawmaker in Iran's National Security and Foreign Policy Committee, told the Iranian Students News Agency the Israeli claims were "unfounded."

"Iran has enlightened Muslims and freedom-seeking nations across the world to stand up to tyranny and especially the illogical, bullying and illegitimate regime of Israel," he said Friday.

A U.S. State Department official said the investigation into the Bulgarian bombing was ongoing.

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