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Bulgaria identifies killer of five Israelis

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SOFIA, July 18 (Xinhua) -- The Bulgarian authorities have identified the bomber who killed five Israeli tourists at Bulgaria's Black Sea city of Burgas two years ago, officials said Friday.

"The offender, who was using a fake driver's license in the name of Jacque Felipe Martin, was indeed Mohamad Hassan El Husseini," the Bulgarian State Agency for National Security and the country's Prosecutor's Office said in a joint press release.

The man was born in Lebanon on May 27, 1989, had Lebanese and French citizenships, the press release said.

Husseini had two suspected accomplices in the attack, also of Lebanese origin, who remained at large. Bulgarian prosecutors have named the two suspects as Meliad Farah, 32, an Australian citizen, and Hassan El Hajj Hassan, 25, a Canadian citizen.

"Identity was categorically established after performing the DNA expertise and numerous other investigative procedures," it said.

It was also found out that Husseini's friends and relatives have published on social networks eulogies of his death as a "martyr", the press release said.

"The investigation continues," the press release added.

A bomber blew himself up near an Israeli-packed tourist bus at the Burgas airport car park on July 18, 2012, killing five tourists, their Bulgarian driver and himself, and wounding more than 30 others.

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