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Israeli soldier killed, five hurt in Palestinian tunnel bomb attack

An Israeli soldier was killed and five injured, one seriously, when Palestinian militants set off a massive explosion in a tunnel they had dug underneath an army post in the southern Gaza Strip, the army said early on Monday. Five of the soldiers were evacuated to hospital after the blast, while a sixth was trapped in the rubble of the army post, near a road junction close to the major Gush Khatif settlement bloc and the Palestinian town of Khan Yunis. Earlier reports had said six Israeli soldiers were injured in the attack, which occurred late on Sunday. Explosives were detonated under the post in a tunnel several hundreds of metres (yards) long. The hardline Islamist group Hamas claimed responsibility for the attack, describing it as an act of revenge for the assassination of their founder Sheikh Ahmed Yassin and former leader Abdelaziz Rantissi by Israeli forces earlier this year. Full Story

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