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7 Dead in West Bank Blast, Gunfire

July 16, 2002

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JERUSALEM (AP) _ Palestinians detonated a roadside bomb while an armored bus passed by and then shot at civilians as they fled, police and military officials said. Seven people were killed and 25 wounded in the attack Tuesday in the West Bank.

The ambush took place near Emmanuel, a largely ultra-Orthodox settlement of about 3,000 people between Nablus and Qalqilya.

Medics at the scene quoted the injured as saying that after the initial explosion, several smaller ones went off, followed by shooting, Israel radio said. The witnesses said the attackers, about three in all, were dressed in Israel army uniforms and had escaped in the direction of Nablus.

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