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Israeli Attack Kills More Than 15

May 7, 2002

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RISHON LETZION, Israel AP) _ A suicide attack shattered a pool hall in this Israeli city late Tuesday, killing more than 15 people and wounding at least 60, police said.

The explosion occurred at 11:03 p.m. as Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon was meeting in Washington with President Bush.

A police spokesman told Israel TV at least 15 people were killed in the attack.

David Baker, an official at the prime minister’s office, called it ``another murderous attack against Israelis.″

``It is clear that the Palestinian Authority has not given up its terror actions and has not given up its murderous path,″ he said.

Meir Nitzan, the mayor of Rishon Letzion, said more than 60 people had been taken to hospitals.

Yeruham Mandola, a spokesman with the Israeli ambulance service Magen David Adom, said part of the three-story building had collapsed. ``Some of the wounded are trapped in the building,″ he said.

An Israeli woman identified on Israel Radio as Hanit Azulai said she was on her way home when she heard ``a huge explosion.″

``I turned the corner and I saw the whole building go up before my eyes.″

An Israeli man who gave his first name as Oren told the radio that he was near the scene at the time of the explosion. ``I just ran away from there. I don’t know if it’s a terror attack,″ he said.

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