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Suspected Palestinian militants blew up a donkey rigged with explosives on Sunday next to an Israeli commuter bus near Jerusalem, slightly damaging the bus, the army and witnesses said.

The blast, set off by remote control, occurred near an army checkpoint during the morning rush hour on a tunnel road connecting West Bank Jewish settlements to Jerusalem.

The donkey carcass lay in flames following the explosion. It was unclear how the donkey came to be on the road, situated near a Palestinian village.

Militants have used rigged donkeys in the past to target army outposts and checkpoints.

"Soldiers identified a donkey approaching their checkpoint in a suspicious manner. A few moments later the donkey blew up," an army spokesman said.

Security sources had said Israel expected Palestinian suicide bombers to try harder to carry out attacks ahead of Israeli general elections scheduled for Tuesday.

Palestinians have been waging an uprising for independence since September 2000.
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Animal rights campaigners have complained to Yasser Arafat after a donkey was blown up in a bomb attack in the West Bank.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (Peta) has sent a letter to the Palestinian leader to protest at last month's blast near Jerusalem.

No humans were killed when the donkey was strapped with explosives and detonated, but the attack narrowly missed an Israeli bus carrying soldiers.

"We have received many calls and letters from people shocked at the bombing," Peta president Ingrid Newkirk wrote.

"If you have the opportunity, will you please add to your burdens my request that you appeal to all those who listen to you to leave the animals out of this conflict?"

Ms Newkirk says she has not asked Mr Arafat to try to stop suicide bombings that kill people.

"It's not my business to inject myself into human wars," she told the Washington Post.

She adopted a polite tone in the letter because the group always try to "ask nicely" the first time, a Peta spokesman says.

A spokesman for the Israeli Embassy in Washington said: "When you have a regime that has no respect for human life, can you really expect them to respect animal life?"
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