UNITED NATIONS, Oct. 19 -- U.N. Secretary-General Boutros Boutros-Ghali condemned 'in the strongest possible terms' Wednesday the bombing of a civilian bus in downtown Tel Aviv, which killed at least 22 people. 'The secretary-general was appalled to learn about the bomb attack on an Israeli passenger bus in Tel Aviv,' Boutros-Ghali said in a statement issued through his spokesman Ahmad Fawzi.
'He condemns in the strongest possible terms this savage act of terrorism, and extends his condolences to the bereaved families,' Fawzi said. Boutros-Ghali said he hopes the attack, which wounded dozens in a crowded area in one of the worst such incidents in Israel, would not derail the talks between Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organization. The Palestinian extremist group, the Hamas Islamic Resistance Front, claimed responsibility for the attack.