Bulgarian authorities have named a Canadian man, Hassan El Hajj Hassan, 25, as a wanted fugitive and suspected Hezbollah operative involved in last year’s bombing of a tourist bus at an airport on Bulgaria’s coast that killed five Israelis and their local driver.
The Bulgarian Ministry of Interior said Thursday it released his name and photo, along with that of a second suspect, an Australian named Meliad Farah, in a global appeal to apprehend the two.
HandoutHassan El Hajj Hassan seen in an undated photo, released by Bulgarian authorities.
Both men were seen in several regions of Bulgaria in the weeks before the attack. One of the bus bombers, not yet identified but who is believed to be related to the Canadian suspect, died in the attack.
Mr. Hassan was born March 22, 1988, in Lebanon and has Lebanese and Canadian citizenship.
While in Canada, he is suspected of also collecting money transfers from Hezbollah, according to sources familiar with the investigation. About $100,000 in additional funds were received through accounts in Australia, with the money allegedly earmarked for organizing the bombing and fact-finding missions in other countries.