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Sunday, February 22, 2004

Today's terrorist attack in Jerusalem: Death toll rises to eight

Palestinian militants, some armed and some wearing fake explosive belts, from the Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigade, a militia linked with Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat 's Fatah faction, burn a mock up of a Jewish settlement during a demonstration against Israel's construction of a massive barrier sealing off parts of the territory, in the northern West Bank city of Nablus, Saturday Feb. 21, 2004.
Yes, it was al Aqsa who claimed responsibility for today's murder of eight innocent civilians and the wounding of many. They later denied it. Reuters:
"People were screaming 'mommy, daddy'. There were body parts everywhere including some hands and feet scattered outside the bus," medic Reuven Pohl said. . .

The militant group al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, part of President Yasser Arafat's Fatah faction, claimed responsibility for the bombing and released a farewell video showing the bomber seated in front of the group's flag.

In a statement it called the barrier "a Nazi wall which will not stop us attacking." It later issued a "clarification" denying involvement in the bombing, which it said only served Israeli propaganda interests. It did not explain why it had issued the earlier statement or the video.

Arafat's office condemned the bombing and called the timing deliberate and harmful for the diplomatic campaign against the barrier. The top Palestinian security body vowed to bring those responsible to justice.