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Terrorists Strike Israel Near Nuclear Reactor

From an approving Associated Press:


A man holds a picture of Palestinian suicide bomber Loay al-Lahwani, 20, who blew himself up in southern Israel, in front of his house in Gaza February 4, 2008.

At least 3 dead in suicide attack in Israel

February 4, 2008

DIMONA, Israel — A suicide bomber blew himself up today in the southern town that houses Israel’s secretive nuclear reactor, killing an Israeli woman and wounding seven other people, Israeli officials said. Police said they killed a second attacker before he had a chance to detonate his explosives belt.

It was the first suicide attack in Israel in a year, and officials were investigating whether the attackers came in through Egypt after Palestinian militants breached the Gaza-Egypt border last month.

An offshoot of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah movement claimed responsibility, complicating recently renewed peace efforts. The attackers, they said, came from the West Bank, though the claim could not immediately be verified…

Police said one attacker managed to detonate his explosives belt, but the second was shot dead by police before he could set off his bomb. A police bomb squad went to the scene to defuse the explosives.

Dr. Baruch Mandelzweig said he was at his nearby clinic when he heard the blast. He and his nurses rushed out to see what had happened, and saw body parts “strewn around everywhere.”

They spotted a critically wounded man and began to treat him before realizing he was the second attacker.

“We saw an explosive belt,” Mandelzweig said. “We ran away,” and later we heard he had been shot, the doctor said…

At Sunday’s Cabinet meeting, Israeli security chiefs warned that because of the anarchy on the Gaza-Egypt frontier, Palestinian militants might enter Israel through Gaza’s Sinai desert to attack a civilian Israeli target, a government official said. He spoke on condition of anonymity because the Cabinet meeting was closed.

Southern Israel has been on alert against militant attacks since the Gaza Strip’s Islamic Hamas rulers breached the border with Egypt on Jan. 23. Egypt managed to reseal the border only on Sunday.

The breach made Israel’s Negev desert, where Dimona is located, more vulnerable to penetration by Palestinian militants who could enter through Egypt’s porous border. Dimona is about 40 miles northeast of Egypt…

Dimona is home to Israel’s nuclear research center, and it is widely believed that atomic weapons were developed at the plant. Israel neither admits nor denies having nuclear arms.

Gee, how foolish it was of Israel to be concerned about all of those Palestinians pouring into (and out of) Egypt.

An offshoot of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah movement claimed responsibility…

Ah yes, the “moderates.”

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