posted on Aug, 28 2005 @ 03:37 AM
A suicide bomber detonated himself outside the central bus station in the center of the Negev capital of Be'er Sheva early Sunday, wounding at least
51 people. Two of the wounded, both security guards who kept the bomber from entering the bus station, were in critical condition. The bus station was
slightly damaged thanks to quick action by security guards, who approached the terrorist and averted a more devastating disaster.
The bus driver told Israel Radio the suicide bomber was carrying a heavy bag and drew his suspicion.
"I was suspicious of him, he had a large back pack and a plastic bag in his hand," a witness who identified himself as a bus driver named Rami told
Israel Radio. "I pointed him out to the guard. He was about 20 meters from the bus when he blew up. It was a huge explosion, very big," he said.
The target of the attack may have been Soroka hospital, also the intended target of a foiled suicide bombing earlier this year.
Israeli security sources said it was not immediately known who was behind the attack, but that initial indications pointed to Hamas.
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The bombing, which comes exactly a week after the Gaza and northern West Bank pullout has been completed, marks the first major terror attack in a
month and half, following the last suicide bombing in the coastal town of Netanya.
Sunday is always a high-traffic day in the country's bus stations, with crowds of soldiers returning to their army bases. Following the blast, large
police and rescue forces were dispatched to the scene. Meanwhile, police forces set up roadblocks and sealed off the exits from Be'er Sheva in search
[edit on 28-8-2005 by Riwka]