Today's blast occurred at about 4:30 p.m. during rush hour at the Karkur Junction, an intersection with a shopping mall on the outskirts of Pardes Hanna-Karkur, near Hadera and about 30 miles north of Tel Aviv. It was the fourth time a car bomb has exploded near a bus in this area, near the Green Line separating Israel and the West Bank. Seventeen people were killed when a car slammed into a bus just outside the nearby town of Afula on June 5.
Col. Daniel Kuffler, assistant commander for the Israeli police's northern district, said 10 attacks have occurred in this vicinity in the last two years. This region, just west of the West Bank city of Jenin, has been so terrorized by the attacks that the Egged bus company, whose No. 841 bus was the target of today's explosion, had organized security patrols of the bus stops.
The attack was the first inside Israel since a failed bombing attempt on a bus outside Tel Aviv on Oct. 10, when a suicide bomber slipped and fell while trying to clamber aboard a commuter bus. The bomber stumbled away from the bus and detonated his explosives, killing an elderly woman who was walking nearby.
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