Christian Woman Killed in Jerusalem Terrorist Attack

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JERUSALEM, Israel - Jerusalem police were on high alert Thursday following a terrorist bombing that jolted the city.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pledged Israel would act "vigorously, responsibly and prudently" to preserve the "quiet and security" that existed here during the last two years.

Netanyahu spoke after an explosive device, packed with shrapnel, went off near a busy Jerusalem city bus stop, killing one woman and wounding more than 40 others.

CBN News has learned that the woman killed in the terror attack was a Christian who'd been working to translate the Bible into the language of a tribe in Togo for more than 15 years.

Mary Gardner was from Scotland and came to Israel at the beginning of the year to study at the Hebrew University Rothberg International School.

Gardner was killed almost instantly in the terror attack.

The kiosk where Wednesday's bombing took place ironically is called in Hebrew the "blast of a kiosk" because a bomb exploded here in 1994. Yesterday, the man running the kiosk called police and told them about a suspicious package under a nearby public phone when the bomb exploded.

"I went closer to see what happened and I saw this phone booth on fire and people here on the ground. It's scary," said eyewitness, Dima Belopuckov.

Many Jerusalemites felt they were catapulted back a number of years when suicide terrorist bombings rocked the city on a regular basis.

"I very much hope we won't return to those terrible years. I hope the government will do what it needs to do to give people security," said a worker at a nearby news stand

Netanyahu said there are elements who are trying to disturb the quiet in Israel.

"They are trying to test our resolve and the fortitude of our people. They will learn that the government, the IDF and the Israeli public have an iron will to protect the state and its citizens," he said.

Netanyahu met with Defense Minister Ehud Barak and other top security officials just before leaving on a pre-planned trip to Russia.

According to reports, they drew up what is widely expected to be a considerable military response.

Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said the search for the terrorists is continuing.

"Since yesterday's attack we've heightened security in Jerusalem as well as in the southern part of Israel in order to prevent any further attacks from taking place," Rosenfeld said.

Palestinian Authority leaders were quick to condemn the attack.

No group has claimed responsibility but Islamic Jihad vowed earlier this week to avenge a series of Israeli air strikes in Gaza mounted in response to stepped up rocket and mortar fire on Israeli communities.

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