A large explosion shook the Israeli coastal town of Hadera between Tel Aviv and Haifa in northern Israel, when a car bomb parked near a busy bus station exploded killing at least four and injuring 36, reported the Israeli radio.
About four of the injured are in serious condition, two of whom were moved by helicopters to Haifa. Three others were reported in difficult - medium situation, the rest, an assumed number of 25 are lightly injured, according to Israel channel 2.
The explosion occurred at 17:20 at 35 Hanasi Street, a busy street in mid-town Hadera.
The radio said that the car, a Mitsubishi booby-trapped with 20 kg of TNT, was completely destroyed and Bus No. 7 was blown into a nearby store, while nearby stores caught on fire.
An eyewitness said on the radio that the car was parked opposite a pizza restaurant. He saw at least one man dead. Only one wheel and the steering wheel remained of the car bomb. All casualties have been evacuated.
Another eyewitness told the radio that several bodies were on the bus. And Al Jazira satellite channel said that four were killed in the blast, the first inside Israel since the outbreak of the Intifada seven weeks ago.
Hillel Yaffe hospital in Hadera told the radio that their emergency rooms received 25 casualties.
The director of the hospital said he has five casualties in critical condition and twenty not yet categorized. He added that there was heavy strain on the hospital’s trauma unit.
Most of the casualties were pedestrians who were waiting at the bus stop or shopping in the nearby stores.
Police bomb squads were checking the area for additional bombs, said the radio.
Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak, said in a statement that the Palestinian Authority is responsible for the explosion.
On the other hand, the Palestinian Authority denied it has any links with the blast. No group has so far claimed responsibility for the attack.
The Israeli security cabinet will meet at 10.00 local time (22.00 GMT) on Wednesday night to discuss the incident -- Albawaba.com
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