JERUSALEM (Jan. 31)
A bus driver and one passenger were wounded last night when terrorists opened fire on an Egged bus on the Jerusalem Hebron highway. Military authorities clamped a curfew on three Arab villages in the area as soldiers began a search for the attackers.
The incident was the second of its kind in two months on the same highway in the West Bank. Terrorists have recently stepped up their attacks on Israeli vehicles in the territory, mainly throwing rocks and an occasional Molotov cocktail. Last night’s shooting ambush was the most serious terrorist act in weeks.
The bus was enroute from Jerusalem to the Etzionbloc settlements when it came under automatic fire at about 7 p.m. local time. Bullets pierced the windshield, wounding the driver in the leg and hitting a passenger. The driver was hospitalized. The passenger was given first aid and sent home.