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Bomb rocks West Bank settlement

Three are killed in suicide attack at gas station

MSNBC NEWS SERVICES

ARIEL, West Bank, Oct. 27 — A suspected suicide bomber set off a bomb Sunday at a gas station near the entrance to a Jewish settlement in the West Bank, Israeli media and rescue workers said. Three people were reported killed and at least 18 were wounded.

THE ATTACK occurred at a gas station at the entrance to the settlement of Ariel, about 8 miles east of Tel Aviv, as the soldiers were returning to their bases in the West Bank at the start of the Israeli work week.

“A suicide bomber came and there were many soldiers ... and he blew himself up,” Ron Nachman, Ariel’s mayor, told Israel Radio. “Soldiers were among the casualties.”

Witnesses said a bomber blew himself up after soldiers who were eating at a food stand near the settlement’s entrance spotted him. A woman started shouting, “Suicide terrorist, suicide terrorist!” said Yitzhak Zahavi, a reserve soldier who was slightly wounded.

Several soldiers told the man to stop and the attacker raised his hands, Zahavi told Israel Radio.

The bomb went off as the attacker was being shot, and it was not clear whether the assailant detonated the bomb himself, or if the soldiers’ bullets caused it to detonate, said Shachar Ayalon, Israel’s police commander for the West Bank.

GATHERING POINT

On Sunday mornings, the gas station is a gathering place for troops catching rides back to their bases at the beginning of the Israeli work week. Three people were killed, including the bomber, and 18 people were injured, said Yerucham Mandola, spokesman for the Magen David Adom.

The militant Islamic group Hamas claimed responsibility for the attack and identified the assailant as Mohammed Bustami, 22, a university student in Nablus. The al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade, a militia loosely linked to Arafat’s Fatah movement, had originally claimed responsibility, but later said the attacker was not from its movement.

Palestinian militants have carried out 80 suicide bombings, killing almost 300 people, since the Palestinian uprising against Israel began more than two years ago. Ariel was the target of a suicide bombing in March that injured 14 people.

2 KILLED IN NABLUS

‘Once again, the vicious agenda of Palestinian terrorists has taken its toll.’

— DAVID BAKER, Israeli official

Hours later, Israeli troops shot and killed two armed Palestinian militants in the nearby Palestinian city of Nablus, relatives of the dead men said. The Israeli army said troops were trying to make arrests when they came under fire. The soldiers shot back, killing the pair, the army said. The al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades said the men belonged to their organization, the Israeli newspaper Ha’aretz reported.

Ariel, located about 20 miles north of Jerusalem, is one of the largest of the 145 settlements in the West Bank taken from Jordan in the 1967 Middle East war. With around 20,000 residents, it is heavily guarded.

“Once again, the vicious agenda of Palestinian terrorists has taken its toll,” said David Baker, an official in Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s office.

“Like spectators, the Palestinian Authority stands by and does nothing while Palestinian terrorists continue to wage a campaign of terror against Israeli civilians,” Baker said.

PALESTINIAN AUTHORITY REACTION

The Palestinian Authority, led by Arafat, has condemned bombings of Israeli civilians and says its security forces are unable to act against Palestinian militant groups because Israeli troops have taken over most cities in the West Bank.

“We are against any action, particularly against civilians, whether they be Israeli or Palestinian,” said Palestinian Cabinet minister Nabil Shaath.

Sunday’s bombing was the second suicide attack in the past week. A pair of attackers detonated a car bomb Monday near the northern coastal city of Hadera, killing 14 people.

Israel said the bombers came from Jenin, in the northern West Bank, and Israel responded by sending troops back into the city over the weekend.

The troops searched house-to-house in Jenin overnight and made a number of arrests, Palestinians in the town said. The soldiers took over dozens of homes and buildings in Jenin in an operation expected to last about a week, according to military sources.

2 AMERICANS HURT IN SETTLER ATTACK

The Yanun incident, in which five people were injured, was the latest in a spate of settler attacks on Palestinian farmers.

In other violence Sunday, a 20-year-old Palestinian was shot and killed while on the roof of his home in the West Bank town of Jenin, Palestinians said. The army said soldiers shot at an armed Palestinian who had broken an army-imposed curfew.

Also Sunday, Jewish settlers used rifle butts and stones to attack foreigners who were guarding Palestinians harvesting olives in the West Bank village of Yanun, near Nablus.

Two Americans were among the injured, said a release from the International Solidarity Movement. James Deleplain, 74, and Mary Hughes-Thompson, 68, suffered minor injuries, the release said.

The incident, in which five were injured, was the latest in a spate of settler attacks on Palestinian farmers that prompted a panicked exodus from one village last week, according to Ha’aretz.

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Originally posted by tribal

this board has about as much intelligent debate on important issues as a pickle jar. good day.

i suppose you feel more compelled to have a more "intelligent debate" ?

lighten up.

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Originally posted by normalnoises

Maybe we should open a shooting range and use all these damn conservatives as targets.

blown::tongue:

Televised on Pay-per view....

They should dragg all you lefties in the middle of TIMES SQUARE

and club you idiots like seals ....

I'd pay 50 bucks to see that ....:D

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Originally posted by bigmahs

Televised on Pay-per view....

They should dragg all you lefties in the middle of TIMES SQUARE

and club you idiots like seals ....

I'd pay 50 bucks to see that ....:D

I would get ring side ticketts for that bro.....

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