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Car Bomb Rocks West Jerusalem

April 1, 2002

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JERUSALEM (AP) _ A car bomb rocked west Jerusalem near the Old City on Monday night, killing the attacker and seriously wounding a policeman who was inspecting the vehicle at a checkpoint, police said.

The blast _ the sixth bombing in six days _ blew off the roof of the white four-door car, leaving behind a twisted hulk of metal in the road, which was not crowded at the time of the explosion.

``A terrorist who was inside the car blew up and was killed,″ police spokesman Kobi Zariyahu said.

Police Chief Mickey Levy told Channel 1 television that the car exploded when a member of the security forces went to check it because it aroused suspicion. Levy didn’t say what made police suspicious.

``The security forces member was very, very severely wounded and there may be two or three others wounded,″ Levy said.

Eli Toudjman, 30, was at home nearby when he felt the blast.

``It was very strong. The windows rattled. It felt like an earthquake,″ he said.

No other injuries were immediately reported.

The blast came just a day after two other bombing attacks. In the northern port city of Haifa, a bomber blew up a restaurant, killing himself and 14 Israelis.

Another bomber set off explosives at the Jewish settlement of Efrat, south of Jerusalem in the West Bank, killing himself and gravely wounding a paramedic who stopped him from entering the center of the settlement.

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