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October 27, 2002
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Palestinian genocide bomber murders four Israelis

I just heard on Israeli radio that once again a Palestinian terrorist has blown himself up. The Palestinian homicide/suicide bomber chose as his target the Israeli city of Ariel, in the West Bank.

Israeli Radio reports that the murderer blew himself up in a gas station, causing an explosion and a fire that apparently has been controlled.

So far the reports mention 3 people have been killed and over three dozen injured, including 15 in critical condition. I will update this entry as soon as I learn more.

Update from the Jerusalem Post:

A suicide bomber blew himself up outside a gas station outside the settlement of Ariel Sunday, killing himelf, two Israelis and wounding 30.

Ten to 15 of the wounded were in serious condition, media reports said. Four were moderately hurt, and the rest sustained light wounds or were treated for shock. [...]

A woman shouted at a group of soldiers that she suspected a suicide bomber was among them, and a soldier opened fire, "then the bomber blew up," Ayalon told Army Radio.

"Apparently they suspected there was a terrorist and shot him. Perhaps as a result he detonated the explosives," Ayalon said.

I copy the full article below (note that the article mentions two dead, but I have just heard an update that confirmed 4 murders).

SUICIDE BOMBER KILLS 2 WOUNDS 30 NEAR WEST BANK SETTLEMENT
By THE JERUSALEM POST INTERNET STAFF, Oct. 27, 2002
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A suicide bomber blew himself up outside a gas station outside the settlement of Ariel Sunday, killing himelf, two Israelis and wounding 30.

Ten to 15 of the wounded were in serious condition, media reports said. Four were moderately hurt, and the rest sustained light wounds or were treated for shock.

Magen David Adom ambulances raced to the site and two air force helicopters came to help evacuate the casualties.

The wounded were taken to Tel Hashomer, Beilinson and Hasharon Hospitals in Ramat Gan and Petah Tikvah.

Menachem Goldin, a security officer at Ariel, said the bomb killed two Israelis and wounded up to 30 people, including those treated for shock.

The attack occurred at about 11:45 a.m. local time. The bomber blew himself up while standing between a group of soldiers and a Sonol gas station, near the Eshel Hashomron Hotel. Some reports said the soldiers were at a gas station cafeteria.

Radio reports said the bomber had apparently tried beforehand to infiltrate the settlement.

Shahar Ayalon, the commander of Judea and Samaria police, said the bomber apparently stood among a group of Israelis including soldiers at the Sonol gas station near the entrance to Ariel.

A woman shouted at a group of soldiers that she suspected a suicide bomber was among them, and a soldier opened fire, "then the bomber blew up," Ayalon told Army Radio.

"Apparently they suspected there was a terrorist and shot him. Perhaps as a result he detonated the explosives," Ayalon said.

Ayalon asked passersby to avoid congregating at the site since police are searching for more suspected bombers in the area.

He said police were investigating whether the bomber had been shot by a soldier or a civilian and what exactly caused the blast.

Some reports also suggested the attacker was in a car.

Ariel, in the Nablus area, is one of the largest of Jewish settlements in the West Bank.

The city's mayor Ron Nachman accused Labor Party ministers lobbying to reduce funding for Jewish settlements of being responsible for the attack.

"I tell all the idiots talking about the budget. They're all responsible for what happened. Come here and look what are the results of what you are doing. Three people dead," Nachman told the radio. six seriously wounded. "Let them come and see the results of all their nonsense."

A spokesman for Prime Minister Ariel Sharon said "once again, the vicious agenda of Palestinian terrorists has taken its toll."

"Like spectators, the Palestinian Authority stands by and does nothing while Palestinian terrorists continue to wage a campaign of terror against Israeli civilians," the spokesman, David Baker, added, according to The Associated Press.

Sunday's attack comes a week after a suicide bus bombing in northern Israel killed 13 people. That attack was claimed by Islamic Jihad, and the IDF subsequently raided the terror group's stronghold on Friday, the West Bank town of Jenin.

There were no immediate claims of responsibility for Sunday's attack. But shortly before the explosion, radio stations reported the IDF had arrested two would-be bomber from Jenin planning to attack an Israeli target.

Security officials were also looking for a Palestinian woman from Bethlehem said to be on her way to carry out an attack.

Posted by David Melle at October 27, 2002 02:01 AM
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