31/08/2004

15 killed in double suicide bombing in Israel

At least 15 people have been killed and more than 80 injured in suicide bombings on two buses in southern Israel this afternoon.

Hamas has reportedly claimed responsibility for the attacks which occurred on the city of Beersheba.

The Foreign Secretary Jack Straw said he was "deeply shocked" at the atrocities.

"Attacks of this kind cannot be justified under any circumstances. My sympathies are with the families and loved ones of those killed and injured," he said.

"We have urged the Palestinian Authority to make greater efforts to take action against those planning such despicable attacks and fulfil their roadmap commitments on security. More needs to be done by both sides to work towards a peaceful settlement."

Today's attack marked the first suicide bomb attacks inside Israel since March 14 when 10 people were killed in the port of Ashdod.

(gmcg)

Related UK National News Stories
Click here for the latest headlines.

01 May 2003
Tel Aviv suicide bomber was British citizen
The Israeli government has said that a suicide bomber who killed three people in Tel Aviv yesterday was a British citizen – the first time a UK national has been responsible for such an outrage.
23 March 2007
Three July 7 suspects questioned
Police are to begin questioning three men arrested by anti-terrorism police in connection with the July 7 bombings in London. Two suspects were detained at Manchester airport after they were stopped from boarding a flight to Pakistan. The third man was detained at an address in Leeds.
12 August 2003
Two Israelis die in suicide bomb attacks
Two Israelis have been killed and a further 13 injured following two suicide bomb attacks today. At around 9am (local time) a bomber entered a pharmacy in Rosh Ha'ayin, near, Tel Aviv – an area that had previously not been targeted by suicide bombers. The explosion killed one person and injured 10 others.
03 March 2004
Death toll in Iraq terror bombings rises to over 180
The death toll in the terror outrages in Karbala and Baghdad yesterday morning has risen to 182, following the bloodiest day Iraq has seen since the end of the war last May. Almost 500 people were injured after coordinated attacks were made against Shi'ite Muslims who were observing the festival of Ashura - the holiest day of the sect's calendar.
14 April 2005
Suicide bomb blasts rock Baghdad
Two suicide car bomb blasts have killed at least 15 people and injured more than 30 others, the Iraqi interior ministry has said.