Photo: Nati Shapira - Zaka
Previous attack - January 2006
Photo: Nati Shapira - Zaka

'Cursed bus station' hit again

Dozens killed, hundreds wounded in six terror attacks at old central bus station since 2002

(VIDEO) Chronology of terror: The old central bus station in Tel Aviv has become over the years a preferred target for Palestinian groups.


Monday's suicide terror attacks marks the sixth attack in the past four years in that area. In previous terror attacks dozens of people were killed and hundreds wounded.


On January 19 of this year, 32 people were wounded in a terror attack in the same fast food stand targeted Monday. The suicide bomber, an Islamic Jihad member, was killed. Massive police forces were called to the scene while Magen David Adom paramedic teams evacuated the wounded to hospitals.


Police sappers went into the shawarma stand and scoured the whole area. The main damage was done to the inside of the store. Initial investigation showed that the terrorist went into the fast food stand and detonated the explosives he was carrying.


On July 11, 2004, a 19 years-old IDF soldier, sergeant Maayan Naim was killed and about 40 people wounded in a terror attack at a bus stop on Har Zion street right by the old central bus station. Police investigation revealed that a relatively small explosive device hidden in a bag was placed near the bus stop. A bus that drove by the station at the time of the blast was damaged in the attack.


Monday's attack (Footage: Reuters)


On January 6, 2003, 23 people were killed and over 100 wounded in a double suicide attack at the station. Some of the victims were foreign workers, among them two babies. Two suicide terrorist blew themselves up one after the other in two parallel streets located near the station. Both terrorist carried powerful explosives with metal nuts and bolts on their bodies, leading to the high casualty toll.


On July 18 2002, three people were killed, two of whom foreign workers, and 30 wounded in a terror attack that took at a convenience store on Neve Sha'anan Street right by the station. The terror attack was carried out by two suicide bombers belonging to the Islamic Jihad.


On January 25, 2002, 25 people were wounded, three of them seriously, in a terror attack in the area. A suicide bomber blew himself up next to a parked moped and died. The Islamic Jihad claimed responsibility for the attack and identified the suicide bomber as a resident of a village near Nablus.


פרסום ראשון: 04.17.06, 18:25
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