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Wednesday, April 28, 2004

Four Wounded as Israel Thwarts Major Car Bomb

An Israeli soldier searches a damaged Israeli army vehicle
after a thwarted car bomb attack by Palestinian militants
near the Jewish settlement of Kfar Darom in Gaza Strip
April 28, 2004. (Gadi Kabalo/Reuters)

GAZA (Reuters) - A Palestinian suicide car-bomber hurt four Israeli soldiers who stopped him reaching his target in the Gaza Strip on Wednesday. . .

Soldiers opened fire at a suspicious jeep speeding toward the settlement of Kfar Darom shortly after dawn on Wednesday. Moments later the jeep, marked with an Israeli flag, exploded killing the driver. Four Israeli soldiers were wounded.

"We succeeded at preventing what could have been a deadly attack," field commander Lieutenant Colonel Tomer Golan told Reuters.

Claiming responsibility, Hamas identified the bomber as Tareq Hmaid, a 24-year-old member of its Izz-el-Deen al-Qassam armed-wing -- which has vowed bloody revenge for Israel's assassination of top leaders of the militant Islamic group.

"Tareq's operation was only a reaction to the terrorist attacks by the Zionist occupiers," said the bomber's father, Diab Hmaid. The car contained 550 pounds of explosives, Hamas said.

This story is not getting a lot of play in the media. They're MUCH more interested in the fact that Sari Nusseibeh was briefly arrested.