An Islamic militant, possibly a woman, set off a suicide bomb Monday that tore through two crowded Israeli commuter buses headed for Hebrew University. The blast shredded one bus into a twisted metal cobweb and killed five people, including an American tourist.
The police investigation focused on two mutilated and unidentified bodies. Police Chief Arieh Amit said the condition of the woman’s body suggested she could have been holding the TNT bomb.
The Muslim militant group Hamas claimed responsibility for the blast, which injured more than 100 people during morning rush hour in Jerusalem and forced the suspension of Israel-PLO talks on expanding Palestinian self-rule.
The dead included Joan Davenny, a Hebrew school teacher from Woodbridge, Conn.