Bus stop bombing thwarted; Israelis wounded by stones

Wednesday, March 24, 2010 |  Israel Today Staff

A bomb attack at a bus stop in northern Israel was thwarted Tuesday evening when local residents spotted a suspicious package and reported it to police.

Police sappers responded to the scene and discovered two large pipe bombs inside the package.

The incident occurred near the Lower Galilee community of Mei Ami, not far from the town of Umm el-Fahm, home to the radical Islamic Movement, the organization behind most of the Israeli Arab terrorist attacks over the past decade.

In other violence, two Israelis were wounded on Tuesday when Palestinian stone throwers ambushed their vehicle on a highway in Samaria. Two other passengers in the car immediately got out and fired their weapons in the air to scare off the assailants.

Local Jewish officials attributed the attack to the recent removal of Israeli army checkpoints in the area. Israel removed the checkpoints as a gesture of goodwill under heavy US pressure.

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