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Bombers ready to attack Israel: Islamic group

The radical Islamic Jihad movement warned that it has an army of 70 suicide bombers who plan to blow themselves up in Israel.

india Updated: Apr 18, 2006 11:01 IST

The radical Islamic Jihad movement warned that it has an army of 70 suicide bombers who plan to blow themselves up in Israel.

The "martyrdom operation" carried out by an Islamic Jihad member in downtown Tel Aviv on Monday was "the first fruit of a recently formed unit of bombers, which includes 70 male and female bombers", Islamic Jihad spokesman Abu Ahmed told reporters in Gaza.

He slammed Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas for condemning the suicide attack in Tel Aviv and praised the new Palestinian government led by the militant Hamas movement, which condoned it.

"This is a legitimate attack by all the international laws and conventions, as well as religious rules, and no one can condemn this act of resistance," he said.

Nine people and the bomber were killed and more than 60 injured in the attack at a restaurant in southern Tel Aviv.

First Published: Apr 18, 2006 10:59 IST