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Sunday, November 02, 2003

JPost: Palestinians condemn US reward for info on Gaza bombing

The Palestinian Authority on Sunday condemned the US for offering a reward of up to $5 million for people providing information about the attack on American convoy in the Gaza Strip on October 15. Three US security guards were killed when a remote-controlled roadside bomb was detonated near their convoy in the northern Gaza Strip.

The offer, on the State Department's Web site, is for information leading to the arrest or conviction of the people responsible for the attack.

Col. Rashid Abu Shabak, commander of the Palestinian Authority's Preventive Security Service in the Gaza Strip, lashed out at the US for making the offer, saying the PA was continuing its investigation into the case. "We strongly condemn this decision," he said. "This is an insulting announcement because it deals with a people whose mouth does not water in the face of financial temptations."

Abu Shabak, whose force has been entrusted with investigating the attack on the US convoy, said the Palestinians and their security forces refuse to play the role of mercenaries for the US or any other party. "We don't work as mercenaries for anyone," he added. "We operate according to our own security vision, which is to serve the interests of the Palestinian people and to provide them with security and calm."
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