Terrorism Investigations

Conflicting Reports on Whether Bulgarian Suicide Bomber Was Former Guantanamo Detainee Mehdi Ghezali

By Alan Z. Rozenshtein
Thursday, July 19, 2012, 3:53 PM

Earlier today, numerous Israeli English-language media outlets (Times of Israel, Haaretz) picked up Bulgarian news stories that identified the Bulgarian suicide bomber as Mehdi Ghezali, a 33-year old Swede who was held at Guantanamo Bay from 2002 to 2004 and was subsequently transferred to and released by the Swedish government. However, both the Bulgarian and Swedish governments have denied that the bomber was Ghezali (Haaretz, NBC, Miami Herald), and the Bulgarian government is apparently using DNA from a finger recovered at the scene to identify the bomber. Politico also reports that the Pentagon is still trying to confirm whether Ghezali was the bomber. 

We will update as more information about the bomber's identity is released.