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Suicide Bombers Strike at Bus Stop

June 19, 2002

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JERUSALEM (AP) _ A suicide bomber detonated explosives at a bus stop in northern Jerusalem on Wednesday evening, killing at least three people and injuring more than 20, according to Israeli media reports and police.

The bomber emerged from a red Audi car, dashed to a concrete bus shelter and set off the blast, according to a police source, who spoke on condition of anonymity. The car sped away, disappearing into Palestinian neighborhoods in east Jerusalem, the source added.

The explosion in the French Hill neighborhood blew out the back and the sides of the shelter, leaving just a concrete bench and the roof. An arm and a leg were among the body parts scattered on the street. A baby carriage was overturned, and rescue workers covered it with a black plastic bag.

Army radio reported three dead. Jerusalem police chief Mickey Levy said there were a number of dead, but gave no precise figure.

Several of the wounded were in critical condition, rescue workers told army radio.

The blast occurred in a part of the city that Israel captured in the 1967 Mideast war, and which Palestinians claim for a future state.

``The Palestinian wave of terror continues to be unleashed against Israel’s civilian population,″ said David Baker, a spokesman in the office of Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon.

The blast comes one day after a Palestinian suicide bomber killed 19 people on a bus in southern Jerusalem, the deadliest bombing in the city in six years.

Israel has said it will reoccupy parts of Palestinian territory in response to such attacks.

Palestinian suicide bombers have carried out 70 attacks against Israel in nearly 21 months of Mideast violence, killing more than 220 people.

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