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Death Toll in Synagogue Explosion Rises to 13

April 14, 2002|From Times Wire Reports

The death toll in an explosion that was caused when a natural gas tanker crashed into a wall of a Tunisian synagogue Thursday climbed to 13 as three more people died.

The victims were mainly German tourists.

Leaders of Tunisia's 2,000-member Jewish community remained perplexed about the blast at the Ghriba synagogue on Djerba, a resort island.

Authorities called the explosion a "tragic accident" and have opened an investigation.

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