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War On Terror: Global Murder - Streets ruled by shock and fear.

Byline: ALEXANDRA WILLIAMS in Jerusalem

THE Mitsubishi car which had harboured the deadly cargo was now just a charred shell with black springs in place of seats.

Live bullets from AK-47 and M-16 automatic rifles, three-inch nails and lumps of hot metal had spewed on to the streets.

The once-tidy neighbourhood looked like a huge wrecker's yard.

A group of women and children, herded behind police lines, wandered about in a state of shock.

The most remarkable thing about yesterday's bomb in a busy Jerusalem suburb was that no one was killed or seriously injured.

The bomber had chosen a day when Jewish families would be preparing for the religious holiday Sukkot.

We arrived on the scene at 9.30am, just minutes after the blast. We were alerted after hearing sirens tearing through the streets.

The car was belching black smoke and windows in nearby flats had caved in. Cars, lifted off the ground by the force of the explosion, had flat tyres and smashed windows.

But it was the sheer area over which the bomb's lethal concoction had spread that struck me.

Nails were embedded in the rubber seals of car windows several blocks from the explosion.

The car bomb, planted by militant Palestinian group Islamic Jihad also wrecked two cars parked either side.

Witness Dan Vered, 36, said: "There was a tremendous flash of orange and then we got the noise and then the blast wave, which was like a gush of air."

He added: "Muslims and Jews don't want bloodshed - it's the extremists who are responsible by using religion as a front."

The bomb was the first since Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat and Israeli Foreign Minister Shimon Peres hammered out a truce last Wednesday.

Since then, Israeli troops have killed 14 Palestinians, including six boys aged 17 and under who were shot while throwing stones.

Four Palestinians were blown up making a bomb.

Meanwhile, Mr Peres yesterday said reports that he claimed the Israeli army wanted to assassinate Mr Arafat were "not true".


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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Oct 2, 2001
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