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Two Dead After Restaurant Explosion in Israeli Village

Aired December 22, 2000 - 7:52 a.m. ET

THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.

LEON HARRIS, CNN ANCHOR: As we said moments ago, just before going to Dave, we are just getting word here in the CNN Center about a suicide bomber who has struck in Mehola in Israel.

Let's go now to CNN's Jerusalem bureau chief, Mike Hanna, who is tracking this story. He's got the very latest for us right now.

Mike, what have you been able to find out?

MIKE HANNA, CNN JERUSALEM BUREAU CHIEF: Leon, details very sketchy at the moment, but eyewitnesses in the town of Mehola, which is some 50 miles northeast of Jerusalem, in the Jordan Valley, say that a man carrying an explosive device walked into a roadside cafe. He detonated the device, killing himself, and killing at least one of the Israelis inside the cafe.

The man identified by eyewitnesses at the scene as a Palestinian. At least three others in the roadside cafe have been seriously injured. According to as yet unconfirmed reports, the fire chief in the village of Mehola says that the wounded are in the process of being evacuated by helicopter.

Another casualty on this day, a Palestinian killed today in the Gaza Strip. He was working at a Israeli settlement. The Palestinians contend he was shot by Israeli forces. Israeli's contend that he was shot by Palestinian gunmen.

So as to the apparent bombing that has taken place in the village of Mehola in the Jordan Valley, at this stage it is, according to eyewitnesses, two people dead, one of them a man carrying an explosive device, and at least three people seriously injured -- Leon.

HARRIS: Mike, I know it's early, and I know you're just now beginning to gather information on this, but is there any word about whether or not this bomber was affiliated with any group, any organization, or has any group claimed responsibility here?

HANNA: The answer short, Leon, at this particular point, no evidence whatsoever, and no group has claimed responsibility.

HARRIS: All right, thanks much, CNN's Mike Hanna reporting live from Jerusalem.

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