TEL AVIV (Jul. 27)
Eleven persons were injured today when a bomb exploded in the busy Carmel marketplace just off Allenby Road in the heart of Tel Aviv. Police have detained several suspects including a youth said to have tossed the bomb into a coffee roasting shop while fleeing pursuers. An investigation is underway.
The incident was the third in recent weeks in which shoppers were injured. Earlier bombings occurred in the Petach Tikva marketplace and in a Nahariya supermarket, indicating that the perpetrators intended to cause maximum casualties. Today’s victims included a number of housewives doing their pre-Sabbath shopping.
According to eye-witnesses, the 13-year-old son of a vendor noticed a youth of about 18 trying to shove a parcel under a cart. He alerted his father and neighboring vendors who pursued the youth. The latter threw the parcel into the coffee shop where it exploded.