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Report: Bulgaria Arrested 50-year-old Iran Agent Monitoring Jewish Sites in Sofia

The Jerusalem Post reports that Bulgarian police last summer arrested an Iranian agent who was monitoring the Chabad Jewish center in Sofia. The agent carried a Canadian passport and reportedly entered Bulgaria from Turkey several weeks after the July 2012 Burgas bus bombing that killed five Israelis and a Bulgarian. She was arrested on her first day in Sofia after police noticed her activity, which included monitoring the center, and was among several individuals detained in the aftermath of the bombing.

The incident is bound to place additional pressure on the European Union to formally blacklist Iran’s Hezbollah proxy, which has been linked by Bulgarian investigators to the Burgas bombing and by a Cypriot court to a summer terror plot on the island.

Dr. Wahied Wahdat-Hagh, an expert on Iranian terrorism in Europe and senior fellow with the Brussels-based European Foundation for Democracy, told the Post on Saturday, “Europe needs to wake up and learn from Hezbollah’s terrorism.” He said the group uses Iranian “know-how and money” to launch its terror attacks.

The Jerusalem Post quotes Matthew Levitt, Washington Institute director of the Stein Program on Counterterrorism and Intelligence, to the effect that “Hezbollah chiefs and Iranian intelligence officials had put Bulgaria on a list of nations propitious for developing plots against Western targets” and Wahied Wahdat-Hagh, a senior fellow with the Brussels-based European Foundation for Democracy, emphasized that “Europe needs to wake up and learn from Hezbollah’s terrorism.”[Photo: Michael Vaserman / YouTube]