- Note - Will diseases be
next by an infected person blowing themselves up? Consider all blood borne
pathogens as potential weapons to be used.
- The 16-year-old who blew himself up as border policemen
approached him near Kibbutz Bahan, north of Tulkarm, yesterday was a
of the AIDS virus, according a report carried yesterday evening by the
Al Jazeera TV station.
- No one was hurt in the attempted attack. Security sources
said the terrorist had probably intended to carry out the attack in a
place in a city in the area, the nearest of which is Netanya.
- Al Jazeera, quoting Palestinian sources, said the youth
contracted the disease after he received tainted blood during an operation
in Nablus. No organization took credit for the attempted attack.
- Central Region border police chief Asst.-Cmdr. Shlomi
Even-Paz said the bomb, which was apparently strapped to the terrorist's
body, was a large one.
- It was reported to be similar in size to one used in
a suicide bombing in Petah Tikva last month in which a woman and her infant
granddaughter were killed and dozens of others wounded.
- Even-Paz said the alertness and quick action of the
policemen had undoubtedly prevented a serious attack.
- It was not immediately clear whether the terrorist was
one of the five suicide bombers whom Defense Minister Binyamin Ben-Eliezer
revealed on Sunday were being hunted by the security forces.
- Even-Paz said a suspicious person had been seen in
the same area the previous night, and border policemen inside the Green
Line, as well as IDF troops on the other side, had been hunting for the
- "According to our assessment, the incident began
the previous night with a report from a civilian of a suspicious person
dressed in a khaki-colored uniform wandering around in orchards, east of
Bahan," said Even-Paz.
- "In the morning, one of our teams on patrol spotted
the suspect and started to approach him. They called through bullhorns
for him to halt.
- "At a certain point, as the team approached him
in their jeep, the suspect turned backward and exploded."
- Two border policemen, an IDF officer, and two civilians,
have been killed in the same area since the outbreak of violence in October
2000, and a number of other people have been wounded in bombings and
- As a result of those incidents, the Border Police has
been using armored vehicles to conduct regular patrols, and this tactic
proved itself yesterday.
- Even-Paz said the forces hunting for the reported suspect
on Sunday night had apparently forced him to retrace his steps, and he
then tried again yesterday.
- "In the morning, during further searches we managed
to get on his trail. One of the trackers found the imprint of a shoe on
Sunday and this matched that of the terrorist which remained intact,"