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Bomb Explodes at Israeli Mall

May 27, 2002

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JERUSALEM (AP) _ A bomb exploded Monday at a mall in the center of Petach Tikvah, east of Tel Aviv, a police spokesman said. Rescue service workers said a large number of people were wounded.

Rescue Services spokesman Yeruham Mandola said there were about 50 people wounded. He did not give their condition.

Police spokesman Shaul Sionit said, ``I know that there was an attack in the supermarket in Ein Hamoshavot in Petach Tikva. I know that there are wounded. I have no further details at this stage.″ Ein Hamoshavot is in the center of the Tel Aviv suburb.

An eyewitness who gave his name as Yonatan said he heard an explosion ``and there was a lot of smoke.″ He said he lives next door to where the attack took place and a large number of police were at the scene.

Israel media reported that the explosion was set off by a suicide bomber.

Israeli Defense Minister Binyamin Ben-Eliezer warned earlier that there are daily attempts by Palestinians to send suicide attackers into Israel, but most of them are foiled by Israeli forces.

David Baker, an official in the Israeli Prime Minister’s office, said, ``Palestinian terror continues to strike out at Israeli women and children.″ He said Israel would use ``all the resources at its disposal″ to stop terror attacks.

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