Nightly News   |  July 18, 2012

Bomb targets tourists in Bulgaria

As 150 Israeli tourists boarded buses to go to their hotels, a massive explosion killed at least six. Police don’t yet have any answers, and nobody has claimed responsibility. NBC’s Martin Fletcher reports.

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>>> to the other front we're covering this evening, somebody today blew up a bus carrying israeli tourists who were traveling overseas and almost instantly, the israelis said it showed the involvement of iran . six people are dead. dozens more hurt and the tension in an entire region just spiked. martin fletcher with us from tel aviv tonight. good evening.

>> reporter: brian, good evening. israeli security officials say that they warned bulgaria of terrorist plans to attack israelis and they even asked for extra security around buses from airports to hotels. clearly today, it was still not enough security. smoke billowed into the sky, marking the scene of carnage in an airport parking lot. 5:30 in the afternoon local time, 150 israeli tourists were boarding buses to go to their hotels in the black sea resort. one bus carried mostly teenagers. an israeli eyewitness who was lightly wounded said a man boarded the bus and then a massive explosion. it still is not clear, was it a suicide bomber? a device left on the bus? police don't have answers yet and nobody has claimed responsibility. israel 's prime minister benjamin netanyahu immediately said, quote, all signs point to iran . and they widened the net.

>> any other group under the auspices of either iran or other radical muslim groups .

>> reporter: he warned israel will identify them and, quote, settle the account. iran and israel have a long running war of words and reportedly deeds. this year alone, israel accused iran of attacking its diplomats in india, thailand and georgia. while iran accuses israel of assassinating five iranian scientists. bulgaria is a popular tourist destination for israelis and tonight, barack said the attack would not change anybody's plans. later president obama condemned what he called today's barbaric attack and he vowed to quote, bring to justice those behind it.