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Palestinian Sets Off Bomb During Police Raid

November 09, 2001|From Times Wire Reports

A Palestinian blew himself up when Israeli commandos stormed a building in the West Bank town of Baqa Al Sharqiya, just across the invisible boundary with Israel.

The Palestinian detonated the explosives, killing himself and wounding two commandos, said Lt. Col. Amos Yaakov of the border police. Police said they believed the bomber intended to blow himself up in an Israeli city.

The militant group Hamas said the bomber was acting on its behalf. It issued a statement identifying him as a 22-year-old student from the West Bank town of Tulkarm, saying the commandos were his target and pledging to "kill 100 Zionist soldiers in revenge against Israeli oppression."

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