|At least 11 killed in Israeli
Explosion on Haifa bus called suicide bombing
Wednesday, March 5, 2003 Posted: 9:05 AM EST (1405 GMT)
Massacre: Homicide Bomber Slaughter
| Zaka, the religious group that cleans up the human remains
at bombing scenes, and Israeli ambulance services confirmed the death toll
to CNN. They also said at least 40 were wounded, 10 of them seriously.
Israeli police confirmed to CNN that the attack was a suicide bombing. No group has claimed responsibility.
The bus was just pulling out of a stop in the neighborhood of Carmeliya when the bomb went off. The bus and nearby stores were heavily damaged, Police Chief Gil Kleiman said.
"The scenes are horrific here, twisted metal, it is very difficult to look at," a witness told Israel Radio, according to the Israeli newspaper daily Haaretz.
Haaretz also quoted a witness shown on Israel's Channel Two Television who said that "the center of the bus lifted up into the air, the roof was torn off. It looked like a blast inside the bus, and within seconds people began taking the wounded out of the bus."
It is the first terrorist attack in Israel in two months. On January 5 a double suicide bombing in Tel Aviv killed 23 and wounded more than 100.
But Israeli officials say they have thwarted other terror attack efforts in the intervening period.
David Baker, an official in the prime minister's office, was quoted by Haaretz as saying: "The attack in Haifa is yet another Palestinian bloodletting of innocent Israeli civilians.
"Israel will not tolerate this terror, and will continue to take the necessary steps to eradicate it."
Palestinian Authority spokesman Saeb Erakat said the authority "condemns the attack like they condemn attacks and targeting of all civilians.
"They reject the finger pointing of the Israeli government at the Palestinian Authority. They urge President Bush once again to focus on helping Palestinian and Israelis break this vicious cycle of violence by introducing the road map immediately."
CNN's Jerusalem Bureau Chief Mike Hanna contributed to this report.