Gaza Strip: A suicide bomber has killed a Hamas security guard in the Gaza Strip near the border with Egypt, the first such attack to hit the Palestinian militant group.

Four other Hamas men were wounded in the bombing at the Rafah crossing, said Eyad al-Bozom, a spokesman for Gaza’s Interior Ministry. He said the attacker was not affiliated with the Islamic State and was “ideologically deviant.”

Hamas, which has regularly used suicide bomb attacks against Israel in the past, denies that Islamic State militants have a presence in the area. Bozom also said Hamas was not the intended target, and insisted the bomber was bound for Egypt.

The bomber and another man were stopped by Hamas and refused to surrender before the one wearing a suicide belt detonated it. The second man was seriously injured in the attack, he said.

 

Read the full article by Hazem Balousha and Loveday Morris at the Sydney Morning Herald.

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