Three dead in Jerusalem bombing

A female Palestinian bomber blew herself up near a hitchhiking post in Jerusalem on Wednesday, killing at least two people and wounding 14.

    The attack is thought to have targeted Israeli sodliers

    Police said it was the

    first such attack in the city in seven months.

    The blast tore through the French Hill district

    in East Jerusalem, which was captured by Israel in the 1967

    Middle East war and annexed in a move not recognised


    Witnesses said the woman blew herself up as she approached a

    security position near the hitchhiking post, which is mostly

    used by soldiers.

    Ambulances rushed to the scene and police quickly cordoned

    off the area, which was littered with broken glass and debris.

    The Palestinian resistance group al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades claimed responsibility for the attack.

    The group, part of Palestinian President Yasir Arafat's Fatah faction, said its attack was in retaliation for Israeli killings of Palestinian activists in the West Bank cities of Nablus and Jenin.

    The attack came three weeks after two Palestinian

    bombers killed 16 people on buses in the southern Israeli city

    of Beersheba.

    Resistance group Hamas said it carried out the Beersheba

    bombing to avenge Israel's killing of two of its leaders in Gaza

    earlier this year.



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