At least 10 people were killed in a suicide bombing on a bus in central Jerusalem yesterday. More than 50 were injured in the explosion, at about 9am local time, 100 metres from the Israeli Prime Minister’s official residence on the Gaza Road. The bomber was named as a Palestinian policeman from Bethlehem. All that was left of the back half of the bus was a twisted skeleton of metal. Rescue workers said the blast was so powerful that several passengers were blown through the roof. Even after they collected the remains of the dead and carried the bus away, the smell of blood still hung over the scene. This was the 29th suicide bombing in Jerusalem since the start of the intifada, but no one was expecting this attack, after such a long lull inside Israel. The bomber may have intended to send a message by setting off his explosives so near to the Prime Minister’s residence. Ariel Sharon was away but he would never have been in danger anyway, inside his well-shielded residence, set back from the street. Full Story
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