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Sunday, January 11, 2004

Occupational hazard

Suicide bomber explodes prematurely

A bomb carried by a Palestinian exploded prematurely on Sunday in a West Bank village near the settlement of Immanuel, the army said. The bomber, identified by relatives as 19-year-old Iyad Bilal Masri, was killed in the explosion.

The army said it believed the bomber was on his way to Israel to blow himself up when the "work accident" occurred.

Also Sunday, an 18-year-old Palestinian was shot dead by IDF troops south of Nablus. Palestinian witnesses said soldiers fired at Palestinian stone throwers, while the military said the teen was about to throw a firebomb when he was shot.