Sunday, August 28, 2005

Beersheba suicide attack - 2 seriously wounded

From Jerusalem Post Breaking News from Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World Aug. 28, 2005 8:37 Updated Aug. 28, 2005 15:48, By ARIEH O'SULLIVAN, MARGOT DUDKEVITCH AND JPOST STAFF ...

A suicide bomb attack at the entrance to the central bus station in Beersheba critically wounded two security guards Sunday morning and caused a total of 48 people to be evacuated to the Soroka Medical Center.

Soroka Medical Center emergency number: 12-55-177

Forty-six of the 48 evacuees to Soroka were only lightly wounded. Most were witnesses who were treated for shock.

A Beersheba taxi driver who was arrested on suspicion that he drove the suicide bomber to the scene of the attack was released from police custody after they determined that he had no connection to the bomber. Following the bombing, police have arrested dozens of illegal Palestinians living in the Beersheba area.

Security forces say ...that initial indications showed that it was likely that the bomber came from southern West Bank.... Construction of the security fence there has not yet been completed.

The attack is almost identical to a suicide bombing in Beersheba one year ago, on August 31, 2004, which came from Hebron hills. ...The area is known to be rife with wildcat terror cells who operate without orders from above and have not abided by the ceasefire.

Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's office severely condemned the bombing ... and charged the Palestinian Authority for failing to take action against terrorism.

Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat also condemned the attack. ...

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