CBNNews.com - Islamic Jihad claimed responsibility for detonating a bomb Thursday that killed an Israel Defense Forces iIDF) soldier and wounded three others, one seriously.
The attack took place near the Kissufim crossing with the Gaza Strip. The soldiers were on a routine patrol near the border when the 100-pound bomb went off.
As their jeep exploded in flames, Palestinian residents in view of the attack celebrated, while Hamas gunmen opened fire to foil rescue efforts.
Following the attack, IDF ground forces deployed to the Dir al-Balah area to find the gunmen.
An IDF official said the bomb may have been detonated by remote control.
"Ever since the IDF pulled out of the Gaza Strip, explosive devices have been considered one of the main threats," an IDF official said.
"The forces have uncovered hundreds of devices on the border fence and have hit the terrorists related to these attempts," he said.
A short time after the bombing, Palestinian fired mortar shells on farmers working the fields at Kibbutz Ein Hashlosha. There were no injuries reported, though work stopped during the attack.
Six weeks ago, a Palestinian sniper shot and killed 20-year-old Carlos Chavez, a volunteer from Equador, working in the same fields.
"The attack demonstrated the threats on the fence and if we fail to stop them, we will see these terror attacks inside Israeli communities," said one military official.
Source: YNet news service