Shots in Paris; bomb in Tel Aviv

January 25, 2002

Attached below is information on the latest attacks on Jews in Paris and Tel Aviv.

-- Tom Gross


(15:45) Shot fired at Jewish schoolbus near Paris
January 25, 2002

A gunshot hit a schoolbus carrying some 60 Jewish pupils in a suburb of Paris this morning, Israel Radio reported.



(11:25) Suicide bomber wounds 25 in south Tel Aviv
By The Jerusalem Post Internet Staff
January 25, 2002

Twenty-five people were wounded when a Palestinian suicide bomber detonated explosives near south Tel Aviv's old central bus station at 11:16 a.m. today. The bomber was killed in the attack.

Three of the wounded are in serious condition; the remainder, including a four-year-old boy, suffered moderate to light wounds, Israel Radio reported.

The terrorist, at first thought to be riding a motorscooter, set off the bomb at the corner of Rehov Bnei Brak and Rehov Neveh Sha'anan in the densely populated mixed residential and commercial neighborhood surrounding the old central bus station, located several blocks north of the new transit facility.

A motorscooter caught fire as a result of the blast and exploded near a crowded sidewalk cafe.

Police and rescue forces and bomb squads arrived at the scene of the explosion within minutes. A police helicopter was also sent to assist in securing the area.

Three people were seriously wounded in the attack and the remainder, including a four-year-old boy, suffered light to moderate wounds.

Wounded were evacuated to nearby Ichilov Hospital and Wolfson Hospital in Holon. More than 20 ambulances and emergency Magen David Adom medical teams were scrambled on the scene, Israel Radio reported.

Tel Aviv police chief Cmdr. Yossi Sedbon said the bomb was packed with nails and ball bearings to make it more lethal. The device was described by police as small to medium-sized.

Damage was caused to surrounding businesses.

Security forces sealed the neighborhood to search the surrounding area for additional bombs, but police sappers found no further explosive devices.

Police did, however, find a bag containing a Kalashnikov assault rifle and a number of ammunition clips, Israel Police Insp.-Gen. Shlomo Aharonishky said.

Authorities are investigating the origins of the bag and weapon and it's possible connection to the event.

A Palestinian resident of the Hebron region was spotted fleeing from the scene. He was detained and interrogated by police investigators in an effort to determine a possible connection to the attack.

Aharonishky said is it not known whether the terrorist was assisted by accomplices in carrying out the attack.

Bus traffic throughout Tel Aviv has been effected as the central hub area near the old and new central bus stations has been shut down by security forces.

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