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Suicide Bombing Foiled in Israel

April 3, 2002

JERUSALEM (AP) _ Israeli soldiers foiled a suicide bombing by shooting at explosives strapped to the attacker’s chest, detonating the bomb and killing the man before he could get close enough to harm others, the military said Wednesday.

Soldiers began firing at the man, who appeared to have something bulky around his torso, after he charged them Tuesday night at a checkpoint in Baka al-Sharkiyeh, a Palestinian village along the line between Israel and the West Bank, the military said.

The bombing was the seventh such attack in seven days. Monday night, a 22-year-old Palestinian man blew himself up after police stopped his car at a checkpoint in west Jerusalem near the Old City. A policeman also died in the attack.

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