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Bomb 'targets Gaza security head'


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Bomb 'targets Gaza security head'

A car bomb has exploded near the convoy of a Palestinian security chief, Moussa Arafat, in what security sources say was an apparent assassination attempt.

The blast happened as the convoy was leaving a Palestinian security headquarters building.

Security officials and witnesses said Mr Arafat, a controversial relative of the Palestinian leader, was uninjured.

Moussa Arafat's appointment earlier this year as overall commander of Gaza security was greeted by protests.

His promotion sparked a revolt in Gaza among militants who saw it as evidence of cronyism.

Yasser Arafat reinstated the security official his relative was to have replaced as head of Palestinian security, but kept Moussa Arafat in a senior position.

The Israeli military said it had nothing to do with Tuesday evening's blast, according to the Associated Press.

Moussa Arafat was the target of an attack last year, when he said Palestinian enemies fired a rocket at his office. Then too, he escaped unharmed.

Story from BBC NEWS:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/go/pr/fr/-/1/hi/worl...ast/3737964.stm

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