05 February 2013 | 18:33 / FOCUS News Agency / World
Washington. The White House on Tuesday called on Europe to take action against a "growing" threat from Hezbollah after Bulgaria blamed the militia group for an attack which killed five Israeli tourists in July, AFP reported.
President Barack Obama's top counter-terrorism advisor John Brennan, his nominee to lead the CIA, called on European states to take "proactive action" to uncover Hezbollah's infrastructure, financing and operational networks.
Brennan said the attack exposed Hezbollah as "a terrorist group that is willing to recklessly attack innocent men, women, and children, and that poses a real and growing threat not only to Europe, but to the rest of the world."
"Hezbollah's dangerous and destabilizing activities -- from attacking tourists in foreign countries to leader Hassan Nasrallah's active support of Bashar al-Assad's violent campaign against the Syrian people -- threaten the safety and security of nations and citizens around the world," Brennan said.
Brennan praised Bulgaria for what he said was its professional and comprehensive investigation into the attack, and said Washington would stand with the government in Sofia as it fights terrorism.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu also said the European Union should draw the "necessary conclusions" about Hezbollah following the investigation, hinting the group should be placed on a terror watch list.
On Tuesday, Bulgaria had said it had information that two people, carrying Canadian and Australian passports, and who had lived in Lebanon, were involved in the strike.
The bombing on a bus carrying Israelis at Burgas Airport on Bulgaria's Black Sea coast was the deadliest attack on Israelis abroad since 2004, and also killed a Bulgarian bus driver and the bomber