JERUSALEM (Feb. 2)
Only three of the nine persons injured when a bomb ripped through a Jerusalem-bound bus in Hadera Sunday remained hospitalized Monday. All were reported in good condition, including a victim whose badly mangled foot was saved by surgeons at the Hillel Yaffe Hospital in Hadera.
There were no reports of progress in the police investigation of the terrorist act. All suspects detained for questioning immediately after the bombing have been released.
The bus was on a return trip from Haifa to Jerusalem. Police are trying to determine whether the bomb was planted when the vehicle was at a Jerusalem parking lot Saturday night before starting its run to Haifa. The explosion occurred at 10 a.m. Sunday local time.
The driver, however, insists he checked the bus thoroughly before he left Jerusalem. According to eyewitnesses, the bomb appears to have been concealed under the driver’s seat. The blast hurled him into the air. But he managed to stop the vehicle safely, avoiding injury to most of the 52 passengers aboard.