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Blast Kills 15  in Haifa, Israel - 2003-03-05

An explosion Wednesday ripped through a crowded bus in the northern Israeli coastal city of Haifa. Israeli TV says at least 11 people were killed and many more injured. Police are describing it as a suicide bomb attack.

Television footage from the scene showed the wreckage of the smoldering bus with its roof torn off. Debris and bodies were strewn over the street as emergency personnel rushed to the scene.

The explosion, which has been described as massive, occurred as the bus drove through the Karmaliya neighborhood of Haifa.

Palestinian militants have carried out numerous attacks and suicide bombings against Israeli targets since their uprising against Israeli occupation began two-and-a-half years ago. This was the first such attack in almost two months.