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The New York Times > International > Middle East > Twin Bus Bombings in Israel Kill at Least 15 and Wound Dozens

The New York Times > International > Middle East > Twin Bus Bombings in Israel Kill at Least 15 and Wound Dozens: "Twin Bus Bombings in Israel Kill at Least 15 and Wound Dozens
By TERENCE NEILAN

Published: August 31, 2004
Suicide bombers set off explosions aboard two buses in the center of the southern Israeli city of Beersheba today, killing at least 15 people and wounding dozens, the Israeli police said.
Earlier, Israeli news reports and Magen David Adom, an Israeli rescue service, put the toll at 12 people dead and 44 people wounded, 20 of them seriously. It was not clear whether the death toll included the bombers.
The Palestinian militant group Hamas took responsibility for the near-simultaneous blasts, Israeli television said, quoting a Hamas leaflet distributed in the West Bank.
Suicide bombers last struck in Israel on March 14, killing 10 people at the southern port of Ashdod after hiding in a container exported from the Gaza Strip.
The chief Palestinian spokesman, Saeb Erekat, said 'the Palestinian Authority condemns any attacks that target civilians, whether Israelis or Palestinian.'
'We have to fight this terror,' Prime Minister Ariel Sharon told reporters at the Parliament in Jerusalem. 'This is the policy of the government and this is my policy. The fight against terror will continue with full strength.'"

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