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Wednesday, 8 May, 2002, 21:28 GMT 22:28 UK
In pictures: Robot tackles 'suicide bomber'
Israeli police sappers were called out to a bus stop at the Megido Junction near Haifa after a man was injured in what appeared to be a botched suicide bomb attack.

With the help of a bomb disposal robot, they turned the man around to inspect his body for remaining explosives.

The sappers initially thought the suspect, who appears to have been targeting Israeli soldiers, was dead.

The robot's arm gripped the man and dragged him into the centre of the road, when he began to show signs of life

Despite the dangers, a crowd gathered close to the scene of the operation.

The area, about 20 km (12 miles) from Haifa, was sealed off by police as the robot checked the suspect.

The robot used was British and was first designed to inspect suspect devices in Northern Ireland.

See also:

08 May 02 | Middle East
Arafat orders end to 'terrorist' attacks
07 May 02 | Middle East
In pictures: Israel bomb blast
08 May 02 | Middle East
Witnesses speak of bomb horror
08 May 02 | Middle East
Israeli press reflects return of fear
08 May 02 | Middle East
Israel's history of bomb blasts
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