Woman killed in J'lem blast is British national

British Foreign Office confirms that the sole death in terrorist attack at Jerusalem bus stop, Mary Jane Gardner, was a student from the UK.

March 24, 2011 12:06
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Aftermath of terror attack near J'lem bus station

Jerusalem Terror Attack 311 (R). (photo credit: REUTERS)

The British Foreign Office confirmed Thursday that a UK national, Mary Jane Gardner, died in Wednesday's terrorist attack at a Jerusalem bus stop, the Associated Press reported.

The 59-year-old woman was critically injured in the blast and succumbed to her wounds the same day at Haddasah-Ein Kerem Medical Center. Thirty-nine others were injured in the attack; two are still in serious condition.

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Gardner, was studying at Hebrew University in the capital and lived in the dormitories.

The UK's Foreign Office said that Gardner's next of kin were informed and that her family if being provided consular assistance. Israeli police described the woman as a tourist, though her identity remains unknown.

The attack was the first serious terrorist bombing in the city since 2004, and for many residents it brought back terrible memories of the second intifada.

The Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) and the IDF are investigating whether the attacker was from the West Bank.

Melanie Lidman and Yaakov Katz contributed to this report.

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