Suicide bombers kill 13 in Mideast

10 2003

Suicide bombers kill 13 in Mideast

JERUSALEM -- Suicide bombers in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem killed at least 14 people Tuesday and wounded dozens, Israeli police said.

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The latest terrorist bombing killed seven people and left bodies strewn about an outdoor terrace of a cafe in West Jerusalem, officials said.

Hours earlier, a suicide bomber set off a powerful explosion at a bus stop near an Israeli army post east of Tel Aviv. Fifteen people were seriously wounded in addition to the seven killed, Israeli police said.

The military wing of the militant group Hamas claimed responsibility for both attacks.

The bombings came less than a day after Israeli troops killed Hamas military leader Ahmed Bader and an associate in Hebron in the West Bank. Israel Defense Forces said Bader was responsible for the August 19 suicide bombing of a Jerusalem bus that killed 21 people.

Tuesday's bombings were the first suicide attacks since the mid-August bombing, after which Israel began a series of targeted attacks against Hamas leaders.

Mark Sofer, a spokesman for the Israeli Foreign Ministry, told CNN that Israel would not waver in its fight to protect its citizens.

"For the second time in one evening, Israelis have been butchered by barbaric terrorists," he said. "Terrorism is unrelenting, it's true, but more unrelenting is Israel’s resolve to protect its citizen.

"If the Palestinian leadership thinks for one instant that it can carry on ignoring the order to dismantle their terrorism from their own midst they could not be more mistaken."

Chaos and tears

In Jerusalem, emergency services officials said there were at least 50 people injured the cafe bombing Tuesday night.

Eli Beer, who works for an emergency rescue unit, said the suicide bomber tried but failed to get inside the cafe because of the guard at the door.

"There were a lot of people sitting outside the restaurant, so that's why he decided to blow himself up outside the restaurant," Beer told CNN.

Chaos reigned on the street as ambulances tried to squeeze between crowds of fleeing people. Some people wept in disbelief and others tried to comfort them.


Source by TG5

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