Suspected Bulgaria suicide bomber had fake Michigan license

Photo obtained by ABC shows driver’s license with name ‘Jacque Felipe Martin’ &  Louisiana address, which actually belongs to a casino; Bulgaria police yet to determine whether U.S. passport is also fake.

By Haaretz and Yaniv Kubovich


The suspected suicide bomber who blew up a bus of Israeli tourists in Bulgaria had a fake Michigan’s driver’s license, ABC reported on Thursday, displaying an image of the license with the name Jacque Felipe Martin.

Screenshot of ABC

Image obtained by ABC shows license with the name ‘Jacque Felipe Martin – Screenshot of ABC

The attack, which occurred Wednesday in the Burgas airport, killed five Israelis and wounded 34.

The Novinite Daily reported Thursday that the Bulgarian Prime Minister Boiko Borisov said that officials are still trying to determine whether the suspect’s U.S. passport was also counterfeit.

According to the image obtained by ABC, the license read “Michigan Operator’s License” and showed a fake Louisiana address, which is actually that of a casino called the Belle of Baton Rouge.

Security footage of the suspected terrorist

Security footage of the suspected terrorist

Bulgarian media reported that the man had been in the country between four to seven days, and was about 35 years old.

Bulgarian police said they believed the suspect was the suicide bomber because his body sustained the most damage in the explosion.

The Bulgarian police said that footage from airport security cameras captured the suspect roaming the airport for at least one hour, the Novinite Daily reported. According to the report he was a long-haired Caucasian in sportswear.

Earlier Thursday, Israel Air Force planes carrying the 34 Israeli casualties landed in Israel and they were evacuated to various hospitals for medical care.

On Thursday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reiterated his remarks the day before and said that the Burgas attack was perpetrated by Hezbollah, calling it the “long arm of Iran.”

Israeli military and medical personnel talk in front of a hospital in the city of Burgas, Bulgaria, Thursday, July 19, 2012.

Israeli military and medical personnel talk in front of a hospital in the city of Burgas, Bulgaria, Thursday, July 19, 2012.- Photo AP

However, top Bulgarian official said Thursday that it was a “mistake” to blame any specific country or organization for the terror attack.

“We are only in the beginning of the investigation and it is wrong to jump to conclusions,” he added, saying that Bulgaria had “excellent cooperation with the Israeli security forces in matters pertaining to the investigation.”

Mladenov added that the countries “will investigate until we discover who is behind the attack. At this stage all we know about the identity of the culprit is his external appearance and a copy of a counterfeit Michigan driver’s license.”

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