Another suicide bombing. This time, the target was the Amakim shopping mall in Afula, in the north of the country. As of 6:15pm, emergency medical services reported between two to four killed in the attack and at least eighteen injured. This is the fourth such Arab suicide bombing in as many days.
According to eyewitnesses, a female suicide bomber was responsible for the bombing. She approached the entrance to the shopping center and, when she aroused the suspicion of security guards, she detonated her charge at the mall's entrance. It is being theorized that she came from the nearby PLO-controlled area of Jenin. Large IDF and police forces are currently combing the area. In addition, roadblocks have been set up around Afula to search for accomplices of the suicide bomber.
Reports have come in, as of 6:15pm, of large police forces being directed to the Wadi Ara area east of Hadera. Police have set up numerous road blockades there. Observers are saying that there may be intelligence information on an additional terrorist on the loose in that region.
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Emergency information numbers pertaining to the terror attack in Afula
1. HaEmek Hospital – 12-55-165
2. Rambam Medical Center – 12-55-144