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Foreign Ministry: No Ukrainians injured in bus bombing in Bulgaria

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July 19, 2012, 11:20 a.m. | Ukraine — by Interfax-Ukraine

A tourist agency employee reacts as he passes by Bulgarian policemen shortly after a bomb attack against Israeli tourists near Burgas airport, outside the Black Sea city of Burgas, Bulgaria, some 400 kilometers (250 miles) east of the capital, Sofia, Wednesday, July 18, 2012.
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According to preliminary information, there are no Ukrainian citizens among those killed and injured in a blast on a bus carrying Israeli tourists at the airport in the Bulgarian city of Burgas, according to the Foreign Ministry of Ukraine.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Oleksandr Dykusarov told Interfax-Ukraine on Thursday that after receiving a report about the terrorist attack in Burgas, the Foreign Ministry asked the Ukrainian Embassy in Bulgaria and the Consulate General in Varna to take steps to find out whether there were Ukrainian citizens among those killed or injured as a result of the attack.

"According to the information received from the competent authorities at 2200 on July 18, there were no Ukrainians among the victims," the Foreign Ministry's press secretary said.

At the same time, he noted that the ministry continued to monitor the developments and keep in contact with law enforcement authorities in Bulgaria to clarify the situation further.

As reported, a suicide bomber blew up a bus expecting Israeli tourists at a parking lot at the Burgas Airport on Wednesday evening. The Israeli Foreign Ministry said that eight people were killed in the attack, including six citizens of Israel. Local media say that the other two victims were citizens of Bulgaria. According to recent reports, 32 people were injured.

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