Suicide Bomber Kills 1 in Israeli Mall Attack

Police kill second bomber before he can detonate
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 4, 2008 7:59 AM CST
An Israeli man injured in a suicide bombing is brought to the hospital in Beersheba, southern Israel, Monday, Feb. 4, 2008. A suicide bomber on Monday blew himself up in Dimona, the southern town that...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – A suicide bomber attacked an Israeli mall today, killing one woman and injuring seven, in the first suicide bombing in Israel in more than a year. Police shot a second bomber as he was attempting to detonate an explosives belt. “We heard a large explosion and people started to run. I saw pieces of flesh flying in the air,” said one witness.

Palestinian groups lined up to take credit for the bombing, including a militant Fatah offshoot that Mahmoud Abbas’ government had publicly disbanded. “It’s a natural response to all Israeli crimes, which are targeting women and children,” a Hamas spokesman said. The mall sits just six miles from an Israeli nuclear reactor. Investigators say the attackers may have crossed through the Egyptian border.