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Wednesday, September 22, 2004

BBC NEWS | Middle East | Suicide bomber strikes Jerusalem

BBC NEWS | Middle East | Suicide bomber strikes Jerusalem

A female Palestinian suicide bomber has blown herself up in Jerusalem, killing two people and injuring several others, Israeli police say.
The blast happened in the busy French Hill suburb in the north of the city.

It is an area where Israelis gather to catch buses or hitch lifts to settlements in the West Bank.

Last month, 16 people were killed in twin suicide bombs in the Israeli city of Beersheba - the first major suicide attacks in Israel since March.

Wednesday's bomb went off shortly before 1600 (1400 GMT).

Woman bomber

One witness told Israeli television the attacker tried to approach a hitchhiking post used by Israeli soldiers when a border police officer spotted her.

"He tried to stop her and she blew up," Moshe Suissa told Channel Two television.
Suicide bombers have killed hundreds of people in Israel since the start of the Palestinian uprising nearly four years ago. Several of the suicide bombers have been women.
Last week the Palestinian militant group, al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, vowed revenge after the killing of three of its members, including senior member Mahmoud Khalifa.

Two days later 10 Palestinians were killed by Israeli raids in the northern West Bank towns of Nablus and Jenin - strongholds for the militant group.

It is more than six months since the last suicide bombing in Jerusalem.

The Israeli authorities say the construction of a security barrier in the West Bank, and repeated raids against suspected militants, have helped to prevent attacks in recent months.


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