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Bomber Kills 11 on Israeli Bus

Thursday, 21 November 2002 12:00 AM

Dozens of people were hurt.

"The bomber was identified as Nael Abu Hilail, 23, from Bethlehem. There was speculation that Israel might retaliate by reoccupying the West Bank town from which it withdrew in August," Fox News reported.

The murderer's father, Azmi, expressed delight. "Our religion says we are proud of him until the day of resurrection," he said. "This is a challenge to the Zionist enemies."

Friends said Nael Abu Hilail was a supporter of Islamic Jihad, and the group claimed blame for the bombing in a leaflet. However, Hamas also took blame in a statement on its Web site.

The Jerusalem police commander, Maj. Gen. Mikki Levy, said the bomber detonated "quite a big charge" on the No. 20 route from the low-income Kiryat Menahem neighborhood in southwest Jerusalem to the city center.

The explosion occurred in the middle of the bus on the tree-lined Mexico street. Levy said the bomber was also killed.

A spokesman for the Magen David Adom first aid service said the injured included children heading for school. Seven of the wounded were in serious condition, the spokesman said.

The bombing ended a three-and-a-half month lull in attacks in Jerusalem, Levy said.

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