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Palestinian homicide bomber deliberately murders 15 Israelis in bus explosion
The Jerusalem Post (www.jpost.com) reports that a Palestinian terrorist has blown himself up inside an Israeli bus, deliberately murdering 15 people and wounding over 30:
Most of the 15 people murdered in this homicide bombing were teenage students and IDF members
A suicide bomber ripped apart an Egged bus in the northern coastal city of Haifa on Wednesday killing 15 people and wounding more than 30, police and rescue officials said. [...]
Palestinian killers from the terrorist groups Hamas, Islamic Jihad and Arafat's Al-Aksa brigades have deliberately murdered hundreds of men, women and children since October 2000.
- For a list of all barbaric homicide attacks executed by Arafat's thugs and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad, click here.
Update: Here's the list of the victims deliberately murdered by the Palestinian barbaric homicide bomber -
The victims of the attack were identified as:
Miriam Ata, 27, of Haifa Elizabetha Katzman, 16, of Haifa Smadar Firstatter, 17, of Haifa Tal Kirman, 17, of Haifa Daniel Haroush, 16, of Safed Tom Hershko, 16, of Haifa Moti Hershko, 41, of Haifa, Tom's father Meital Katab, 20, of Haifa Kamar Abu Hamed, 12, of Daliat al-Carmel St.-Sgt. Eliahu Laham, 22, of Haifa Abigail Litle, 14, of Haifa Yuval Mendelevitch, 13, of Haifa St.-Sgt. Be'eri Oved, 21, of Rosh Pina Mark Takash, 54, of Haifa Assaf Tzur, 17, of Haifa
Notice that the hate and violence of Hamas and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad does not differentiate between Israeli Jews and Arabs/Muslims. Kamar Abu Hamed, aged 12, was an Israeli Arab Muslim from the town of Daliat al-Carmel.
I copy the full article below.
Haifa bus attack death toll rises to 15
A suicide bomber ripped apart an Egged bus in the northern coastal city of Haifa on Wednesday killing 15 people and wounding more than 30, police and rescue officials said.
Ambulances raced to the scene and rushed the wounded to three local hospitals, Rambam, Carmel and Bnai Tzion.
The blast on a main traffic artery in Haifa occurred on bus no. 37 at about 2 p.m. local time
Northern police commander Ya'akov Borovsky said the bombing was a terror attack perpetrated by a suicide bomber, who apparently was on the bus. The authorities are still investigating where he alighted the vehicle, Borovsky said.
"Unfortunately this is a very bad attack," Borovsky told reporters, as the attack came when the bus was packed with commuters. "The bus is completely ruined, it was a very powerful blast."
Officials said 15 people were dead and more than 30 wounded. Five people were listed in serious condition at Carmel Hospital.
For hours after the attack, television stations showed heart-rending scenes from the blast site of Israelis coming to search for next of kin they feared were on the bus. One man found that two high school boys, at least one of whom was his son, were wounded, Channel 2 television reported.
Witnesses said the roof of the bus was blown off and that the bus caught fire, but the fire was extinguished, leaving the vehicle in ruins but not charred.
One witness reported terrible scenes of body parts strewn across the street and bodies still in the wreckage of the bus. Residents said that many windows of buildings nearby were shattered.
Ronen Cohen was doing someone's hair in a beauty salon on the street when the explosion occurred. "In my whole life I have never heard such a blast," he said.
"I saw the driver jump from the vehicle to run and get help. I was frozen, just couldn't move to do anything, I was so frightened," Cohen went on. Then when he turned around he saw "a piece of fesh right beside me."
"Anyone who hasn't been at the site of a bombing just cannot imagine what it is like," Cohen said, noting that he had never before witnessed any terror attack.
Ovadia Saar, who was driving another bus just behind the one that was attacked, said he saw "the back of the bus fly into the air, and the windows blew out and a great cloud of dust covered the bus."
"I got out and ran toward the bus. It was a horrible sight," Saar said.
It was the first mass terror attack in Israel since a twin suicide bombing killed 23 people at the old Tel Aviv central bus station on January 5.
David Baker, an official in the Prime Minister's office said, "The Haifa attack was another brutal assault against innocent Israeli civilians. Israel will continue to rage a relentless and merciless war against this type of terror and those were perpetrate it and do whatever is necessary to protect its citizens".
"Once again the bestial hand of Palestinian terrorism has struck at the heart of Israel," said Mark Sofer, a Foreign Ministry spokesman.
Palestinian Cabinet minister Saeb Erekat condemned "any attack that is targeting civilians, whether Palestinian or Israeli. But he added: "We reject the Israel government finger-pointing that the Palestinian Authority is responsible."
Hamas spokesman Abdel Aziz Rantisi issued a statement in Gaza praising the bombing but stopped short of claiming responsibility for the attack.
"We will not stop our resistance," Rantisi said. "We are not going to give up in the face of the daily killing" of Palestinians.
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