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Bomb Explodes in Tel Aviv Suburb

May 22, 2002

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JERUSALEM (AP) _ A bomb exploded Wednesday evening in Rishon Letzion, a Tel Aviv suburb, police said. Israel TV reported two people were killed, apparently including the bomber, and other media reports spoke of dozens of casualties.

Police and ambulances raced to the scene, which was closed off.

Police said the bomb went off on Rothschild Street in the middle of the city. On May 7, a suicide bomber blew himself up at a pool hall in Rishon Letzion, killing 15 Israelis and himself.

Initial reports on Israeli media said Wednesday’s blast was set off by a suicide attacker.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility, but the prime minister’s office called it a terror attack.

David Baker, an official in the Israeli prime minister’s office, said of the blast: ``this was another cowardly act of terror committed by Palestinian terrorists who have once again resorted to their murderous deeds. Israel will not buckle under in the face of terror and we will use whatever measures are needed to root it out.″

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