Mehola Junction bombing


Mehola Junction bombing
Mehola Junction bombing
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The attack site
Location Mehola Junction, West Bank, (Area C)
Coordinates 32°22′14.72″N 35°30′29.12″E / 32.3707556°N 35.5080889°E / 32.3707556; 35.5080889
Date April 16, 1993
1:00 am (UTC+2)
Attack type Suicide attack
Death(s) 2 (the bomber and a bystander)
Injured 7–9
Perpetrator(s) One Palestinian suicide bomber (Shahar al-Nabulsi). Hamas claimed responsiblity.

The Mehola Junction bombing (also known as the Beit El bombing, literally, the House of God bombing) was the first suicide car bomb attack carried out by Palestinian militants and took place on April 16, 1993.[1]

Hamas bombmaker Yahya Ayyash rigged a Volkswagen Transporter using three large propane tanks and explosives collected from grenades and other ordinance. The bomb was connected to a detonator switch in the driver's controls.[2]

Hamas operative Saher Tamam al-Nabulsi[citation needed] drove the car to Mehola Junction, a rest area on the Jordan Valley Highway in the West Bank. Just after 1:00 AM, the car exploded between two buses, one civilian and one military.[3] The blast killed al-Nabulsi and Marwan Ghani, a Palestinian from the nearby village of Bardala who worked in a snack bar in Mehola.[3][4] Ghani's brother and eight Israeli soldiers were slightly injured.[4][3]

References

  1. ^ Matthew Levitt and Dennis Ross (2007). Hamas: Politics, Charity, and Terrorism in the Service of Jihad (Illustrated ed.). Yale University Press. pp. 11–12. ISBN 0300122586, 9780300122589. http://books.google.ca/books?id=CG-AjU3rraQC&pg=PA12&dq=suicide+bombings+first+civilians+israel&lr=&cd=16#v=onepage&q=suicide%20bombings%20first%20civilians%20israel&f=false. 
  2. ^ Katz (2002), p.74
  3. ^ a b c Associate Press (April 17, 1993). Sarasota Herald-Tribune. http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=2G4fAAAAIBAJ&sjid=l3sEAAAAIBAJ&pg=6767,1277511. 
  4. ^ a b Jerusalem Post, 18 April 1993, p1.
  • Katz, Samuel (2002). The Hunt for the Engineer. Lyons Press. ISBN 1585747491.