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Tuesday, August 31, 2004

TWO SUICIDE BOMBINGS IN BE'ER SHEVA

12 14 16 Killed, 84 Wounded

JPost: Two suicide bombers exploded almost simultaneously on two buses in central Be'er Sheva on Tuesday, police said.

The explosions took place on buses numbers 12 and 63, traveling opposite the municipality building on Yitzhak Riger Street. The buses were approximately 100 meters apart when suicide terrorists detonated their explosives.

Magen David Adom said 12 people were killed in the attacks, all of whom died at the scene. 84 people were wounded and taken to Soroka Hospital not far from the site of the attack. Four people are listed in very serious condition; 12 are listed as serious, and the rest of the wounded are listed in light-to moderate condition.

ZAKA (disaster victims association) reported all the fatalities were on the buses.

59 people were wounded and taken to Soroka Hospital, the hospital's director Eytan Hayam said. He added the hospital was able to deal with the large number of wounded.

According to Haaretz News Flashes, Hamas has taken responsibility.