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Gunmen Kill Four Israelis at Bus Station
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JERUSALEM (AP) - In an election-day attack, three gunmen opened fire Thursday at a Likud Party office and at passengers in a nearby bus terminal in a northern Israeli town. At least four Israelis and two attackers were killed.

Dozens were wounded in the attack on the town of Beit Shean, rescue workers said.

A gun battle erupted on the street, with police and armed bystanders firing at the attackers. Two gunmen were killed and a third was holed up in a house opposite the Likud branch, occasionally firing at the office. Security forces ringed the house.

One of the attackers carried an explosives belt that did not go detonate.

"There are dead here," witness Yitzhak Avraham said, adding that grenades were thrown by the assailants.

Police also found a stolen car near the bus station and were checking it for explosives, radio reports said.

The attack came as Likud members throughout Israel were voting in a leadership contest between Prime Minister Ariel Sharon (news - web sites) and Foreign Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (news - web sites). Witnesses said the Beit Shean branch of the Likud was crowded with voters when the gunmen opened fire.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility.

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