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Several Dead in Jerusalem Suicide Bombing

Several Dead in Jerusalem Suicide Bombing
JERUSALEM (AP) -- A suicide bomber blew himself up at a bus stop in Jerusalem's crowded outdoor market Friday, killing several people and wounding at least 40, police and medics said.

Moments after the blast, witnesses saw five bodies at the scene, covered by rescue workers with white sheets. Glass shards, twisted metal, blood and body parts were strewn across the asphalt.

The blast went off shortly after 4 p.m., at a time when the Mahane Yehuda market was crowded with shoppers hunting for pre-Sabbath bargains.

Police Chief Mickey Levy said several people were killed, but did not give an exact number. The bomber failed to reach the heart of the market or get onto a bus because of tight security, Levy said, so ``he exploded himself as he was trying to get on bus.''

Mahane Yehuda has been the scene of frequent suicide bombings in the past.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility.

David Baker, a spokesman for Prime Minister Ariel said the blast was ``another murderous attack by Palestinian terrorists against innocent Israelis at the busiest time of the week in the busiest market in Jerusalem.''

``It is clear that (Palestinian leader Yasser) Arafat and the Palestinian Authority exist for one purpose, spreading terror,'' Baker said.

Israel TV said Secretary of State Colin Powell was flying over Jerusalem at the time on the blast, en route to a tour of Israel's tense border with Lebanon.



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