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Thursday, December 25, 2003

SUICIDE BOMBING OUTSIDE TEL AVIV

3 MURDERED, 18 WOUNDED

JERUSALEM (AP)- A suicide bombing near a bus stop outside Tel Aviv killed three people Thursday in the first such attack in more than two months, rescue workers said. It was unclear if there were one or two separate explosions.

"We believe that this was a terror attack," Yossi Sedbon, Tel Aviv district police commander told Israel's Channel 2 television.

Rescue workers, who were having difficulty in reaching the scene because of heavy rush hour traffic, said three people were killed in the attack as well as the bomber or bombers. The attack occurred during rush hour at Geha, a major junction just outside Tel Aviv.

The bombing was the first since an Oct. 4 bombing at a restaurant in the northern Israeli city of Haifa that killed 21 people.
Details from JPost:
At least three people were killed and eighteen wounded on Thursday after two explosions rocked the Geha bridge area on Jabotinsky street near Tel Aviv at 18:40.

Channel Two reported that two of the victims were women.

The blast took place at a busy bus stop under the Geha Bridge. The Geha Bridge is a major junction just outside Tel Aviv used by commuters to reach Tel Aviv, Petah Tikva and Bnei Brak.

Following the attack, Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz ordered the IDF to impose a full closure on the territories.

Magen David Adom officials reported that four people were seriously injured in the blast which took place underneath the Geha Bridge. The wounded have been taken to Tel Hashomer, Beilinson hospitals.