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Jun 5, 2002 | 25th of Sivan, 5762 | כ״ה בסיון תשס״ב
Jun 5, 2002 – St.-Sgt. Ganadi Issakov, 21 of Hadera was one of 17 people killed when a car packed with a large quantity of explosives struck Egged bus No. 830 traveling from Tel-Aviv to Tiberias at the Megiddo junction near Afula.
The attack took place at about 7:15 in the morning. The force of the explosion lifted the bus into the air and reduced the car carrying the bomb to charred metal. The car exploded near the gasoline tank of the bus causing it to burst into flames. Most of the casualties were soldiers who were on their way to their bases. The Islamic Jihad claimed responsibility for the attack.
St.-Sgt. Ganadi Issakov was supposed to take a later bus yesterday, but left home early to replace a friend who wanted to go off base. His commander planned to tell Issakov yesterday that he had been granted his wish to be named non-commissioned officer in charge of computers in his unit and that he would be promoted to sergeant.
Ganadi who immigrated to Israel in 1998 with his family from Degastan in the former Soviet Union. He began studying at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, but decided to leave school to begin his army service.
St.-Sgt. Ganadi Issakov was buried in the military cemetery in Hadera. He is survived by his parents Shaul and Raisa, his older sister Yaffa and a 16-year-old sister Yelena.
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