Terrorist Kills Three in Israeli Mall Blast

A Palestinian suicide bomber killed three and wounded at least 30 others, including a 6-year-old girl, in an Israeli shopping mall.

Bomber Kills Three in Israeli Mall Blast (Fox)

A teenage Palestinian bomber killed three Israelis and wounded at least 30 others in front of a crowded shopping mall in this seaside city, the first such attack in nearly five months and a blow to a truce that has revived peace hopes. The mangled body of the young bomber lay in the street two hours after the blast, covered with a white plastic sheet. Bloodied clothes were strewn on the asphalt, and the body of a woman was sprawled nearby.

Among the wounded was a 6-year-old girl who was badly burned, Israel TV reported. Two women were killed instantly, and a third died several hours later of her wounds, according to Israel Radio.

Israel blamed the militant Islamic Jihad, which has continued its attacks against Israelis despite a truce declared in February, and police linked the explosion to a failed car bomb attack a few minutes earlier in the West Bank.

Terrorists killing Israelis is sufficiently “normal” that it barely makes the news anymore. For Israelis, “peace” is truly just an intermission between periods of violence.

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