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Wednesday, August 11, 2004

Double suicide bombing at northern Jerusalem checkpoint

NONE KILLED, six wounded
Arutz Sheva: At least six persons were injured when a terrorist detonated a bomb at an improvised military checkpoint near A-Ram Checkpoint on Jerusalem’s northern border shortly after 3:00pm today (Wednesday).

Earlier in the afternoon, checkpoints were established in response to credible intelligence community warnings of an imminent attack – explaining terrorists were attempting to enter the capital from a northern border point crossing to perpetrate an attack in the capital. A terror alert continues at this time, focusing on the northern capital, with security officials explaining another terrorist remains at large according to intelligence community reports.

It appears the terrorist was riding in an Arab taxi heading towards the capital, intending to carry out an attack. When a border policeman approached the vehicle at the inspection point, the terrorist detonated the bomb he was carrying. Unconfirmed reports indicate the terrorist was killed. A second explosion was also reported after the first emergency units arrived on the scene. It does not appear there were any wounded from the second blast.

Six persons were injured, three seriously. . . .

The al-Aqsa Brigade of Yasser Arafat’s Fatah terror organization has released statements claiming responsibility for the attack.

It may be that this attack prevented a larger attack inside Jerusalem.

Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital officials report they are treating three victims in serious condition, two with head injuries. They are in surgery at this time.

Two victims in light condition are being treated in Shaare Zedek Medical Center and four victims are being treated for anxiety in Hadassah Mount Scopus Hospital, also reportedly in light condition.

ALSO NOTE: A Kassam rocket landed this morning in Netiv Ha'Asarah, close to a community kindergarten. Thank Gd, there were no injuries.

UPDATE: Sky News is reporting, through Yahoo-UK&Ireland, that one Palestinian has died from these attacks.