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2001 Immanuel bus attack

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Location  Immanuel, West Bank
Deaths  11 Israeli civilians
Date  12 December 2001
Non-fatal injuries  30 Israeli civilians
2001 Immanuel bus attack
Attack type  Ambush, Mass murder, spree killing, Bombing, Shooting attack
Weapons  AK-47 rifles, hand grenades, a roadside bomb

The 2001 Immanuel bus attack was an ambush attack by Palestinian militants targeting Israeli civilians on 12 December 2001. Eleven passengers were killed in the attack and 30 were injured.


The Palestinian Islamist militant organization al-Qassam Brigades claimed responsibility for the attack.

The attack

On 12 December 2001, three armed Palestinians militants planted a roadside bomb beside the road leading to the Jewish settlement of Immanuel. After placing two roadside bombs, the assailants ambushed a bus on its way from Bnei Brak.

Soon after, a non-armoured Dan bus line 189, en route to Immanuel from Bnei Brak, approached the site as two roadside bombs exploded. The bus, which was greatly damaged in the explosions, continued to drive several hundred meters until it was immobilized. Immediately after the bus was immobilized, one of the militants approached the bus, threw hand grenades into the bus, and fired small arms on the passengers of the bus and at the vehicles arriving at the site, while the passengers attempted to flee the bus. The passengers of three other vehicles traveling on this road at that time were also affected.

Army and police forces arrived at the scene soon afterwards and a firefight erupted. A long exchange of fire ended with the killing of the perpetrators.

11 people were killed in the attack and about 30 were injured.

Official reactions

Involved parties


  • Israeli government spokesman Avi Pazner said, "We hold the Palestinian authorities responsible for the activities of these terrorist group who operate in full daylight and in the full knowledge of the Palestinian Authority and continue their deadly attacks against civilian men, women and children".
  •  Palestinian territories:

  • The Palestinian Authority condemned the attack.
  • References

    2001 Immanuel bus attack Wikipedia

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