By Martin Patience
BBC News, Dimona
Moshe Malak knelt down and opened the injured man's coat. It was then that he saw the unexploded suicide belt.
Moshe Malak's life flashed before his eyes when he saw the device
"All my life passed in a few seconds," Mr Malak said.
"I knew he could explode at any time. I knew he could push the button at anytime. I shouted at everyone to clear away."
Earlier, the 36-year-old lawyer had been sitting in his office when he heard a large explosion from the city's shopping centre.
A Palestinian suicide bomber had detonated his explosives, killing one Israeli civilian and injuring several others.
Rushing to the scene, Mr Malak saw one man lying motionless with blood trickling from behind his ear.
It was a second suicide bomber who had apparently been injured in the initial blast and had then failed to detonate his explosives.
Israeli police shot the failed bomber four times in the head.
Monday's suicide bombing was Israel's first for more than a year, and the first to target Dimona.
The southern Israeli city is best known for being home to Israel's nuclear reactor.
Residents and politicians here expressed dismay that their city was targeted and insisted that the south of Israel was increasingly susceptible to attacks from Palestinian militants.
The last suicide bombing in Israel was also in the south of the country.
Previously, the major cities and towns in central Israel - such as Jerusalem and Tel Aviv - have been the preferred targets.
Dimona's mayor, Mayer Coen, called Monday's bombing "very difficult for the city".
"Until now, Dimona was a city without problems," he said. "But now we must think carefully.
"If they can hit Dimona they can hit anywhere in Israel."
Many people here believe that the bombers slipped out of Gaza during the last two weeks when the territory's border was open with Egypt.
They accused the Israeli government of not doing enough to protect its citizens.
"In the Knesset [Israeli parliament] they do nothing to protect the people," said Shuki Sakuri, an unemployed 58-year-old. "They don't care about us."
'No-one is safe'
By mid-afternoon, the shopping area remained cordoned off. Emergency workers were still removing body parts from the scene and police on horseback marshalled a crowd of onlookers.
Dimona residents wonder if they might be targeted again
Some teenagers had climbed onto the roofs of nearby buildings to get a better view.
Percante Shalom said that the bombing will change the city's relations with local Bedouin communities.
"We used to get on with Arabs," said the 45-year-old taxi driver. "But now we will suspect them all."
Mr Malak also said that the city would change.
"For sure everything will be different," he said. "I don't think anyone can feel safe in Israel anymore."