Suicide bombers strike Dimona

The first Palestinian suicide bombing in more than a year killed an Israeli woman.

Two Palestinians wearing bomb belts walked through a shopping area early Monday in the Negev town of Dimona, police said.

The first blew himself up, killing the woman and wounding nine. The second was felled by the blast, and medical personnel who stripped him to administer aid spotted the belt. A policeman then shot the terrorist dead.

Al-Aksa Brigades, an armed wing of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah faction, claimed responsibility for the attack.

Israeli officials said the terrorists may have originated in the Gaza Strip and crossed the breached border into the Egyptian Sinai, from where it is easy to enter the Jewish state.

Dimona is a small town with a high profile because Israel’s main nuclear reactor is located on its
outskirts. The Egyptian border is 40 miles away.

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