Tel Aviv bomb was meant for French embassy

9th November 2004, Comments 0 comments

JERUSALEM, Nov 9 (AFP) - The French embassy in Tel Aviv was the intended target of a suicide bombing by a Palestinian teenager in an open-air market last week, Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's office said Tuesday.

JERUSALEM, Nov 9 (AFP) - The French embassy in Tel Aviv was the intended target of a suicide bombing by a Palestinian teenager in an open-air market last week, Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's office said Tuesday.

A joint inquiry by Israel's internal security service Shin Beth and the army led to the arrest in Nablus of two militants from the leftist Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, which claimed the November 1 attack.

"From the interrogation of these two militants, we have learned that the original target of the attack was the French embassy in Tel Aviv," Sharon's office said in a statement.

"The American consulate in Jerusalem was also looked at as a possible target of the attack," the statement added.

Bassam Adib Khundakji, one of the two militants arrested in Nablus, drove the 16-year-old suicide bomber to Tel Aviv. He was able to get through Israeli security thanks to a press card issued by the journalism school at Al-Nahah university in the West Bank town, the statement said.

The blast in the popular Hacarmel food market in Tel Aviv killed three civilians and left dozens wounded, in addition to the bomber.

© AFP

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