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Palestinian bomb explodes on bus in Israeli port city

A bomb ripped through a bus in Ashdod Wednesday, killing three Israelis and wounding eight others. Police set up roadblocks outside this Mediterranean port and detained 150 Arabs for questioning about the blast - the worst bombing in Israel since December.

In Damascus, the Abu Nidal Palestinian guerrilla group claimed responsibility for the blast.

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Meanwhile, police sources in Jerusalem said four American immigrants, followers of Rabbi Meir Kahane, the right-wing leader, had admitted shooting at an Arab bus in the occupied West Bank. They also said three Israelis are being held for trying to blow up Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa Mosque, one of Islam's holiest shrines. All seven were arrested Tuesday and police said more arrests were expected.

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