SLUG: 2-291173 Israel/Bomb (S-update)
TITLE=ISRAEL / BOMB (S UPDATE)
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INTRO: A suicide bomber blew himself up near a bus stop in northern Jerusalem Wednesday killing at least seven people and wounding 37 others. As V-O-A's Larry James reports from Jerusalem, it is the second bombing in the city in as many days.
TEXT: The force of the explosion blew out the back and sides of the bus stop shelter, scattering body parts and debris into the streets in the French Hill section of Jerusalem.
The bomber jumped out of a car, ran past two border policemen toward an area where a group of people were waiting for a bus and detonated the explosive device he was carrying.
The car sped off, disappearing into the Palestinian section of East Jerusalem.
There have been two bombings in Jerusalem in the past two days.
Nineteen Israelis were killed and more than 50 others were wounded in Tuesday's attack. Israel responded to that attack by announcing a major policy shift, saying it would reoccupy parts of Palestinian territory and send troops into the West Bank town of Jenin. It also carried out raids on the cities of Nablus, Qalqilya, Hebron and two nearby villages, arresting a number of suspected Palestinian militants.
The Palestinian Authority characterized Israel's new policy as an open invitation to more violence. (Signed)
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