Sunday, December 22, 2013
Israel: Terrorist Attack On Bat Yam Bus
There was an attempted attack on a Dan bus in Bat Yam, Israel today that was only foiled by the vigilance of the passengers and the quick thinking of the bus driver.
Bus 240 was en route from Bat Yam to Bnei Brak near Tel Aviv when alert passengers spotted a black bag sitting by itself on the floor.
In Israel, for obvious reasons, an unattended bag gets noticed.
Quick witted bus driver Michael Yagur asked his twelve passengers if the bag belonged to any of them, and when they said it didn't he immediately stopped the bus at the corner of Mivtza Sinai and Katznelson streets in Bat Yam, ordered the passengers off the bus, and alerted police, who sent bomb experts to the scene.
Meanwhile, one of the passengers had actually looked inside the bag and seen what he described as something that looked like a pressure cooker inside with red wire coming out of it.
Yagur promptly ordered his passengers a safe distance away from the bus...which exploded as the police sappers arrived on the scene.
Yagur "displayed outstanding resourcefulness" in a situation where the timing was key, said Eitan Fiksman, a spokesman for Dan Bus Company, which runs the route. Yagur was the last off the bus and the bomb detonated immediately after he disembarked, Fiksman added.
In characteristic Israeli fashion, Yagur insisted that he was "no hero", just doing his job.
Hamas and Islamic Jihad, of course, praised the attack and vowed that more were coming.
Actually, the attack probably originated either from Arabs living in the Arab-occupied part of Judea and Samaria or from Arabs living in Israel.
More as this develops.