Islamic Jihad Leader Killed in Gaza Blast

[Los Angeles Times] Rushdi abu Alouf and Richard Boudreaux - Ayman Fayed, 42, a senior commander of Islamic Jihad, was killed Friday along with his wife, two of their children, and three militants in an explosion that flattened the family's home in Bureij in Gaza. The explosion damaged seven nearby homes and wounded at least 30 people. "It was not us," an Israeli military spokeswoman said of Friday's explosion. Witnesses reported seeing fragments of what looked like rockets in the wreckage, suggesting the possibility of an accidental explosion of weapons stored in the home. A Hamas militant with a walkie-talkie appeared on Palestinian television in Gaza at the scene of the blast, warning people to leave. He said there might be four or five unexploded rockets in the area.

2008-02-18 01:00:00

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