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Bomber targets club

Last updated: 2005-02-26

Bombing outside Stage Tel Aviv

Outside Stage club

Atleast four people have died and over 50 injured after a suicide bomber blew himself up in a crowd of young Israelis waiting to get into a beachfront nightclub in Tel Aviv.

Israeli police say the bomber was spotted and prevented from entering the Stage club. They say if he had gotten inside the carnage would have been even worse.

It is unclear who was behind the attack with major Palestinian militant groups saying they had nothing to do with it. Initally Islamic Jihad organization claimed responsibility for the attack, while the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades pointed the finger at Hezbollah.

A statement released by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah vowed to track down and punish those responsible, saying this was an attempt to sabotage the peace process.

The bombing shatters weeks of calm after Mr. Abbas declared a truce during a summit with Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon in Egypt earlier this month.

Story supplied by: VOAnews