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The Journal Gazette

Tuesday, February 05, 2013 2:23 pm

Alleged Hezbollah attacks on Israel targets

By The Associated Press

Israel and others countries have accused Iran and Hezbollah of carrying out attacks on Israeli and Jewish targets around the world. Hezbollah has denied involvement in some and not commented on others.

- July 18, 2012: A bomb explodes in a tourist bus in the Bulgarian resort town of Burgas, killing five Israelis, their Bulgarian driver and the bomber. Bulgarian investigators blame Hezbollah and say the plotters included a Canadian and an Australian. They find no links to Iran.

- February 14, 2012: In Thailand, an Iranian man carrying grenades blows off his own legs and wounds four civilians after an earlier blast shook his house in Bangkok. Thai police detain three men they say were planning to attack Israeli diplomats.

- February 13, 2012: A bomb attached to an Israeli diplomat's car in India blows up, injuring four people, while a similar bomb is found in Georgia and safely defused. The attacks appear to mirror recent killings of Iranian nuclear scientists that Iran blamed on Israel.

- Nov. 2011 and Jan. 2012: A Swedish-Lebanese man is accused of planning attacks on Israeli citizens in Cyprus in a case that Israel has said bears similarities to the Bulgaria attack. Israel says the accused was a Hezbollah operative who used the same method as the Burgas suicide bomber, but offered no evidence.

- 2008: Azerbaijan officials say they foiled a plot to explode car bombs near the Israeli Embassy in retaliation for the killing in Syria of a top commander in Hezbollah. Two Lebanese men are later convicted in Baku for the bombing attempt.

- July 1994: The seven-story headquarters of the Jewish-Argentine Mutual Association, heart of the 300,000-strong Jewish community in Buenos Aires, is demolished by a car bomb. At least 95 people are killed and more than 100 wounded. A Lebanese Shiite Muslim group calling itself Ansorallah, or Partisans of God, claims responsibility. The attack is seen as retaliation for a June 2 Israeli airstrike on a Hezbollah training camp in Lebanon's Bekaa Valley killing up to 50 recruits.

- March 17, 1993: Israel's embassy in Buenos Aires, Argentina, is blown up by a car bomb packed with an estimated 100 kilograms (220 pounds) of explosives. At least 29 people are killed, including 11 Israelis, and 240 wounded.

- March 7, 1992: The security chief at the Israeli embassy in Ankara is killed in a car bombing. Turkish authorities blame Hezbollah. The killing comes after two Israeli helicopters ambushed the motorcade of Hezbollah leader Sheik Abbas Musawi in south Lebanon, killing him, his wife, son and several bodyguards.