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Israel Authorities Credit Driver, Passengers With Thwarting Bus Attack

Tuesday, 24 Dec 2013 07:44 AM

Authorities credit an alert driver and passengers for taking quick action to save lives after discovering a  bomb that detonated minutes later aboard an Israeli bus in Bat Yam near Tel Aviv Sunday. 

A police officer was wounded in the explosion, which occurred minutes after all 12 people aboard had been evacuated.

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A Hamas spokesman praised the attempted bombing as “a brave heroic work in response to the crimes of the [Israeli] occupation,” adding that “resistance continues,” the New York Times reported.
 
Senior Hamas official Moshir al-Masri vowed that Israel “will know no stability as long as the Palestinians live in instability,” Ynetnews.com reported.  He also warned Palestinian security officials not to move against Hamas operatives in the West Bank.

Islamic Jihad also praised the bombing attempt, saying “God willing, this will be a prologue for the resumption of martyrdom operations.”

Bus driver Michael Yoger said passengers had noticed a large bag left on a seat. No one claimed the bag, and after a passenger discovered wires, Yoger instructed passengers to get off the bus. Minutes after they did so, an explosion went off, according to the Times.

Israeli President Shimon Peres telephoned Yoger to thank him.

“The whole nation is saying prayers of thanks today; you saved so many lives with the speed and bravery of your actions,” Peres said. 
 
The last bus bombing targeting Israel occurred in November 2012, when more than 20 passengers were wounded in Tel Aviv after a bomb went off in a bag. Israel said the planners of that attack were mostly West Bank Palestinians affiliated with Hamas and Islamic Jihad, according to the Times.  

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