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7 Dead in Jerusalem Suicide Bombing - 2002-06-19


A suicide bomber blew himself up near a bus stop in northern Jerusalem Wednesday killing at least seven people and wounding dozens of others. It is the second bombing in the city in as many days.

A suicide bomber detonated an explosive device near a bus stop in the French Hill section of the Jerusalem.

The force of the explosion blew out the back and sides of the bus stop shelter scattering body parts and debris into the streets.

The bomber jumped out of a car, ran past two border policemen toward an area where a group of people were waiting for a bus and detonated the explosive device he was carrying.

The car sped off, disappearing into the Palestinian section of East Jerusalem.

The French Hill section of Jerusalem has been the scene of several suicide bombings in the past. It is disputed territory that was captured by Israel during the 1967 Middle East war.

There have been two bombings in Jerusalem in the past two days. Nineteen Israelis were killed and more than 50 others were wounded in Tuesday's attack. After that attack Israel announced a major policy shift saying it would reoccupy parts of Palestinian territory in response to the bombing.

Israeli troops have reoccupied the town of Jenin and its refugee camps and carried out raids on the cities of Nablus, Qalqilya, Hebron and two nearby villages arresting a number of suspected Palestinian militants.

The Palestinian Authority characterized Israel's new policy as an open invitation to more violence.

Following news of the latest suicide bombing, the White House announced that President Bush's major Middle East policy speech would be delayed.

The speech has been much anticipated, as it was expected by many to outline the path for the creation of a Palestinian state.

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