Explosion heard in Palestinian intelligence HQ

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
May 20, 2006 10:43

An explosion went off Saturday in the Palestinian intelligence headquarters in Gaza City on Saturday and at least three people were wounded, witnesses said. One official said the blast went off in the building's elevator as the commander of the intelligence service, Gen. Tareq Abu Ghajab, was in the area. It was not immediately clear if the general was among the casualties. The wounded were driven to a nearby hospital in cars of the intelligence service. Fellow agents fired in the air from the windows of the vehicles to clear the way. The blast came at a time of growing tension between the Hamas government and the Palestinian security forces loyal to Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas.


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