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Israel on Alert Amid Threats of Possible Suicide Bombing - 2002-08-01

An Israeli man has been found shot and killed near a West Bank town. Meanwhile, Israeli security forces continue searches amid alerts of a possible suicide bombing.

The body of an Israeli man, his hands and feet bound, was discovered in an industrial zone close to the West Bank town of Tulkarem.

It is suspected that Palestinians forced the man into car, where they shot him in the head at point-blank range and then dumped his body from the vehicle.

Police believe the attackers may have fled to Tulkarem, which is under Palestinian self-rule. Most of the workers employed at the factories in the industrial zone are Palestinians from Tulkarem and surrounding villages.

Meanwhile, Israeli security forces continue a manhunt for a suspected Palestinian suicide bomber planning an attack in one of the coastal cities north of Tel Aviv.

It is understood that a Palestinian cell preparing the bombing had fled back into the West Bank because of the heavy Israeli security presence.

The latest warning of an attack came less than 24-hours after a bomb exploded in the main cafeteria of the Hebrew University in Mount Scopus in Jerusalem, killing seven people and wounding about 90.

Five of the seven killed were foreign nationals - four of them from the United States and one with dual French and U.S. citizenship.

The militant Islamic group Hamas claimed responsibility for the bombing, saying it was in retaliation for the killing of their military leader, Salah Shehadeh, in an Israeli air strike in the Gaza Strip last week.