At around 09:30 local time the soldiers stopped a taxi. The driver and two passengers exited the vehicle, one of which was wearing a bulky coat. Before they could search the passenger with the big coat he detonated a suicide belt - killing the taxi driver, an accomplice and an Israeli soldier. Three soldiers and seven Palestinians were injured.
The bomber was later identified as 23-year-old Palestinian policeman Ala a-Sadi, whose family had links to Islamic Jihad. The passenger was thought to be an accomplice. The soldier killed in the blast was named as 21-year-old Lt Uri Binamo.
|Memorial stone to Lt Binamo|