Today's news: shootings, stabbing, bombings
Monday, July 30, 2001
Three Border Police hurt in ambush; man stabbed in Jerusalem
By Baruch Kra and Ha'aretz Service
Three Border Policemen were wounded Monday afternoon in a drive-by shooting
west of the West Bank town of Tul Karm. Two are in serious condition and the
third was lightly injured. The gunmen fled the scene.
Earlier Monday, a man was stabbed near the Nablus Gate in the Old City of
Jerusalem. Police and Magen David Adom workers attended the scene. Israel
Radio said the man was in critical condition and undergoing surgery at
Hadassah Ein Karem Hospital on Monday evening.
A small bomb detonated Monday afternoon on Jerusalem's main thoroughfare -
King George Street, near the busy Ben Yehuda pedestrian mall. The explosion
did not cause any injuries.
Initial reports indicate that the explosive device was placed in a beer can
on the shelf of a supermarket in the City Tower building (Migdal Ha'ir). On
Friday police found an explosive device hidden in a watermelon on a
Jerusalem bus near the Malkha shopping mall.
Three further explosions Monday afternoon turned out to be innocent. Two of
the blasts were caused by tires exploding in the heat, and a blast in the
East Jerusalem neighborhood of Sheikh Jarah near the government offices
several minutes after the bomb on King George Street turned out to be an
aerosol can that exploded in a car, apparently also as a result of the heat.
There were no injuries.
Jerusalem police and Magen David Adom workers remained on high alert in
Jerusalem after receiving warnings of Palestinian intentions to carry out
additional terror attacks in the capital, after a car bomb failed to
detonate properly on Sunday.
Jerusalem district police commander, Superintendent Miki Levy, said Monday
afternoon that the attacks were part of a concentrated effort to drag
Jerusalem into the wave of violence.
Security officials believe that the car bomb that exploded Sunday late
afternoon in an underground parking lot in the Pisgat Ze'ev neighborhood in
north Jerusalem was intended to obliterate the apartment building above and
to cause many injuries.
There were no injuries reported as a result of the bomb which apparently
failed to fully detonate.
Police sappers are investigating the construction of the bomb and checking
the amount of damage it was capable of causing.
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