Israeli security officials suspect the radical Palestinian group Islamic Jihad was behind Wednesday's car bomb attack in northern Israel that killed two people, Israeli public television said, quoted by AFP.
In a report to a security cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Ehud Barak, the officials said Islamic Jihad, a fundamentalist group opposed to an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal, was responsible.
An Israeli man and a woman were killed and another 55 people, including a baby, were wounded when the car bomb exploded during rush hour in the northern town of Hadera.
There are contradictory reports on the number of casualties. According to Al Jazira TV, five were killed while Israeli media reported four killed and more than 30 injured, three of whom seriously.
Meanwhile, the Lebanese Hizbollah’s TV (Al Manar) said that a group calling itself Black Oslo Brigades claimed responsibility for the explosion, the first inside Israel since the outbreak of the Intifada seven weeks ago – (Several Sources)
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