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Report: Ex-Gitmo detainee is not Bulgaria suicide bomber

Burgas airport security cameras caught the alleged terrorist wandering around a terminal minutes before he boarded a bus filled with tourists and allegedly blew himself up. Police are now trying to identify who he was with the help of DNA analysis. NBC's Martin Fletcher reports.

Updated at 3:15 p.m. ET: Former Guantanamo Bay detainee Mehdi Ghezali is not the suicide bomber who killed at least seven people and injured dozens on a bus full of Israeli tourists in Bulgaria, intelligence officials told NBC News on Thursday, debunking reports in Bulgarian media.

According to the officials, Swedish authorities have determined the suicide bomber was not Ghezali.

The Muslim Swede had been held at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba from 2002 to 2004, according to media reports picked up by The Times of Israel.


He previously studied at a Muslim religious school and mosque in Britain, and traveled to Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan, and Pakistan. He was released to Swedish custody in 2004, the Times reported. The Swedish government did not press charges, it said.

Bulgaria official: Suspected bomber carried fake Mich. license

Seven people, including five Israeli tourists, were killed Wednesday after a bomb exploded on a bus in Bulgaria. The suspected attacker was carrying a fake Michigan driver's license, officials say. TODAY's Natalie Morales reports.

Ghezali was also reportedly among 12 foreigners captured trying to cross into Afghanistan from Pakistan in 2009. He was accused of conspiring with al-Qaida in North Waziristan and returned to Sweden.

A Department of Defense list obtained by NBC News includes a man of the same name, born in Stockholm, Sweden, on July 5, 1979, and identified as inmate No.166, being released from Guantanamo Bay on July 8, 2004.

NBC's Jim Miklaszewski and Courtney Kube contributed to this report.

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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