Something's Not Right in Tel Aviv
A Palestinian suicide bomber blew himself up outside
a fast-food restaurant in a bustling commercial area of Tel Aviv during
the Passover holiday Monday, killing eight other people and wounding
at least 49, police said. Israeli Prime Minister-designate Ehud Olmert
said Israel would respond "as necessary."
The bomber struck at about 1:40 p.m. at "The Mayor's Felafel" restaurant, which was targeted in a Jan. 19 attack that wounded 20 people. The restaurant is in the bustling Neve Shaanan neighborhood near Tel Aviv's central bus station, which was crowded with holiday travelers.
Police said the restaurant hired a security guard after the earlier bombing, and that guard apparently was injured in Monday's blast.
A witness, Moussa al Zidat, said the guard asked the apparent bomber to open his bag.
"I saw a young man starting to open his bag. The guard begins opening the bag, and then I heard a boom."
Witness Israel Yaakov said the blast killed a woman standing near her husband and children.
"The father was traumatized. He went into
shock. He ran to the children to gather them up and the children were
screaming, 'Mom! Mom!' and she wasn't answering, she was dead already
... it's a shocking scene," Yaakov said.
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