Roadside Bomb Exlodes Beneath Public Bus

A roadside bomb, similar to those used by the Hizbullah in southern Lebanon, exploded beneath a public Egged bus at around 10 PM this evening. Miraculously, none of the passengers were injured.

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The number 160 bus was travelling from Jerusalem south to Kiryat Arba and Hevron when shortly after the Gush Etzion junction a roadside bomb was detonated beneath it. The explosion occurred near El Arub, twenty-five minutes south of Jerusalem. The bomb exploded, heavily damaging the bus but failed to injure any passengers.

The segment of highway 60 between the Okfim and Gush Etzion junctions was closed following the attack to allow security forces to inspect the area for further explosive charges.

"The Sharon government's decision to reward terrorism is leading to its natural continuation: continued terror," said a spokesman for Hevron. "The Arabs have realized that if Ariel Sharon is willing to uproot Jews from their home, killing a few more Jews can only speed the process along."

Elsewhere, border police officers escaped uninjured after a firebomb was hurled at their jeep in the el-Azzariya area near Maale Adumim.

Yet another Kassam rocket landed within Israel's pre-1967 border this evening, slamming into an open field between Kibbutz Kfar Aza and Kibbutz Sa’ad. No injuries were reported.

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