Megiddo Junction bus bombing

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Megiddo Junction bus bombing
Part of the Second Intifada militancy campaign
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The attack site
Location Israel
Coordinates 32°34′22″N 35°11′31″E / 32.57278°N 35.19194°E / 32.57278; 35.19194
Date June 5, 2002
7:15 am (GMT+2)
Attack type
suicide bombing
Deaths 13 Israeli soldiers and four civilians (+ 1 bomber)
Non-fatal injuries
43 Israelis (mostly soldiers)
Perpetrators Islamic Jihad claimed responsibility
The memorial built near the site of the attack in memory of the victims of the incident

The Megiddo Junction bus bombing was the suicide bombing of an Egged bus at Megiddo Junction in northern Israel on June 5, 2002. 17 people were killed and 43 wounded, the majority of them IDF soldiers.

The Palestinian Islamist militant organization Islamic Jihad claimed responsibility for the attack.

The attack[edit]

On Wednesday, 5 June 2002, a Palestinian homicide bomber drove a Renault van loaded with dozens of kilograms of explosives to Highway 65. At Megiddo Junction, he approached Egged bus no. 830, filled with passengers, traveling from Tel Aviv to Tiberias. At 7:15 am, the bomber detonated the explosive device near the fuel tank of the bus, causing it to burst into flames.[1] According to a member of the rescue crew, people were thrown out of the bus by the force of the bomb and rescuers could not board the vehicle immediately due to the extreme heat.[2]

The blast killed 13 Israeli soldiers and four civilians.[3] 43 passengers were injured, most of them soldiers.[4]


Perpetrators and retaliation[edit]

After the attack The Palestinian Islamist militant organization Islamic Jihad claimed responsibility for the attack and stated that the attack was carried out by an 18-year-old Palestinian named Hamza Samudi who originated from Jenin and had taken driving lessons four days before the attack, especially for this mission. In response, Israeli forces put Yasser Arafat under siege in his Ramallah compound once again.[22]


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