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Another Palestinian homicide/suicide bombing: Two dead, over 30 wounded
The Jerusalem Post (www.jpost.com) reports that there was another another Palestinian homicide/suicide bombing, this time just South of Tel-Aviv, in Rishon-Le-Zion. This is the second homicide/suicide bombing this month in Rishon - the first occured on May 8, killing 16 and injuring over 60.
"A suicide bomber blew himself up on the pedestrian mall in Rishon Letzion, 15 km (10mi) southeast of Tel Aviv shortly after 9 p.m. Two people were killed in the blast and over 30 others were wounded.
One person is in critical condition, three are listed as serious, 15 sustained moderate-to-light wounds, with 22 more lightly hurt, according to Magen David Adom spokesmen. "
Israeli radio reports that the Palestinian assassin had placed ball bearings and nails with the bomb to kill and hurt as many Israeli unarmed civilians as possible.
Two dead, over 30 wounded in Rishon Letzion suicide bombing
A suicide bomber blew himself up on the pedestrian mall in Rishon Letzion, 15 km (10mi) southeast of Tel Aviv shortly after 9 p.m. Two people were killed in the blast and over 30 others were wounded.
One person is in critical condition, three are listed as serious, 15 sustained moderate-to-light wounds, with 22 more lightly hurt, according to Magen David Adom spokesmen.
Eyewitness Orin Mahmon said, "There was a loud boom and I just saw body parts. I saw a guy all black and people with no arms and legs."
Police are defusing a second bomb found in the vicinity, apparently in the area of the old bus station, according to initial reports on Army Radio.
Security forces are searching the area for a vehicle seen dropping off the bomber near the pedestrian-packed open mall. Police are calling for witnesses who saw the bomber in the area to contact them.
Police said the bomber's hair was dyed blonde and cut short, possibly in order to disguise his appearance.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack.
Cellular and landline telephone systems crashed in the wake of calls following the blast.
This is the second attack in the city this month.
Hospital emergency numbers:
Municipality officials ask that only residents of the city use the above numbers.
On May 7, a suicide bomber blew himself up at a pool hall in the same city, killing 15 Israelis and himself.
Reacting to the bombing, David Baker, an official in the Prime Minister's Office, said, "this was another cowardly act of terror committed by Palestinian terrorists who have once again resorted to their murderous deeds. Israel will not buckle under in the face of terror and we will use whatever measures are needed to root it out."
The last bomb attack was in the coastal city of Netanya on Sunday, killing three people plus the Palestinian bomber and wounding dozens.
On Monday, a suicide bomber detonated explosives at a northern Israeli junction, killing only himself.
On March 29, responding to an earlier wave of Palestinian suicide bomb attacks, Israel launched a large-scale incursion into the West Bank, taking control of main towns and refugee camps and fighting battles with gunmen and bombers.
Prime Minister Ariel Sharon was at his private farm in the southern part of the country, where he was receiving updates about the attack.
Since Israeli-Palestinian violence erupted in September 2000, there have been nearly 60 suicide bombings. An attack on March 27 that killed 28 people set off Israel's large-scale military operation two days later, aimed at uprooting the terrorist infrastructure in the territories.
(With The Associated Press)
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