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5 Arrested in Suicide Blast

May 04, 2003|From Associated Press

LONDON — Police arrested five people in central England in connection with a Tel Aviv suicide bombing believed to have been carried out by a British man, Scotland Yard said Saturday.

Officers arrested two men and two women in Derbyshire and another woman in nearby Nottinghamshire, police said. Scotland Yard said they were charged under the Terrorism Act but did not release their names or any details of their alleged crimes. Detectives were bringing them to police stations in central London.

Three people were killed and more than 50 injured in the explosion Wednesday at Mike's Place, a Tel Aviv bar.

Israeli police identified the bomber as Asif Hanif, 21, from the London suburb of Hounslow. They said Omar Khan Sharif, 27, of Derby in central England fled when his bomb didn't detonate.

Israeli police have been searching for Sharif since the attack, focusing on south Tel Aviv, a run-down area where many foreign workers live.

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