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Police say 'car bomb' set off, witness says it was electrical fault

Oct. 11, 2015 11:29 A.M. (Updated: Oct. 11, 2015 8:20 P.M.)
JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli authorities said Sunday that a Palestinian woman set off a "car bomb" in occupied East Jerusalem, although a Palestinian witness told Ma'an that it appeared an electrical fault ignited a fire in her car.

The woman was driving near the al-Zaayyim checkpoint between East Jerusalem and the West Bank when the incident took place.

The witness, who wished to remain unnamed, told Ma'an she was driving "with her child in the car," when about "300 meters before the permanent Israeli military checkpoint near the village of al-Zaayyim, an electrical problem ignited a small fire inside the car."

He said that "the woman panicked and started to scream," adding that when she "managed to pull over, the driver’s airbag deployed emitting drizzles of powder."

Israeli police spokesperson Micky Rosenfeld told Ma'an that the woman detonated a car bomb near the checkpoint after an Israeli police officer signaled her to stop.

Rosenfeld said a police officer approached the woman's car and "the explosion took place inside the vehicle."

Israeli media reported that the woman was initially pulled over for "driving suspiciously."

The woman reportedly sustained moderate to severe injuries, while an Israeli police officer was lightly injured.

The witness who spoke to Ma'an said an Israeli police patrol prevented the woman from exiting the car while she was in distress following the alleged electrical fire, claiming that she detonated an explosive device.

The witness said that the car had not sustained any damage and that its windows and windshields were intact.

While a photo on Israeli news site Haaretz shows the car completely unharmed, the Hebrew-language NRG website later posted a photo with the car’s front bumper partially detached.

Comments
Unnamed source / Nameless
A report by unnamed reporter about an unnamed Palestinian eyewitness who isn't a mechanic.
11/10/2015 13:24
Joe Fattal / USA
Generally speaking if someone going to detonate a car bomb they would do it in a crowded area not around one person. She couldn't have set off any explosive, beside knowing Palestinians and their love to have children, she wouldn't have done with a child in the car.
11/10/2015 16:30
Yaakov / Israel
According to more reliable sources, there was no child in the car, but a gas tank which the woman ignited, causing the fire.
11/10/2015 17:07
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