Young Israeli dies six years after bombing

Jerusalem (AFP) –


A young Israeli succumbed to her wounds Wednesday, a hospital announced, six years after being seriously wounded in a bomb attack.

Hodaya Asulin, then 14, was seriously injured on March 23, 2011 when a bomb hidden in a bag exploded near the bus stop where she was standing in Jerusalem.

A British woman was killed and more than 30 others injured in the incident, which Israeli authorities blamed on Palestinian militants.

It was the first bombing in Jerusalem since 2004 and occurred at a time of increased tensions between Israel and Islamist Palestinian movement Hamas.

Asulin never regained conciousness after suffering serious head injuries and was hospitalised recently as her condition worsened, Israeli media reported.

In a Facebook post Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu offered condolences to the family.

The funeral is expected to take place on Wednesday in the Mevo Horon settlement.