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Teen killed in terror bombing near Tel Aviv

A suicide bomber struck this popular restaurant in Herzliya Tuesday night.  

HERZLIYA, Israel (CNN) -- A suicide bomber who asked for a glass of water set off a blast Tuesday evening in a restaurant in this coastal city, killing a teen-age girl and wounding as many as eight others, police said.

The girl, 15, was wounded in the attack and later died of her injuries, Israeli police said.

The terror attack happened at the popular Jamil restaurant near the center of the city around 7:40 p.m. local time (12:40 p.m. ET), close to the Lev Hair mall, police said. Israeli television said the restaurant did not have a security guard.

A rescue worker said that one of the explosive devices the bomber was wearing did not go off.

Herzliya, an upscale community with a population of 100,000, is about six miles north of Tel Aviv.

The Palestinian Authority condemned the blast and called on the Palestinian people to refrain from further attacks. In a statement, the authority said it would do its "utmost" to prevent future violence.

The statement also reaffirmed the legitimacy of Palestinians to defend themselves and their territory from what it described as "the continuous Israeli aggression and siege of Palestinian areas."

Meanwhile, Palestinian security sources said an 8-year-old Palestinian boy was killed and a 10-year-old boy wounded when they were struck by Israeli gunfire in south Gaza City near the Jewish settlement of Netzarim.

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According to the sources, a clash erupted after Israeli soldiers attempted to erect a watch tower near Netzarim junction. Israeli military sources said their outpost at the junction came under continuous fire, which they returned. They did not identify any possible victims.

In a separate incident, the Israeli army said three Palestinian gunmen were shot to death by Israeli troops near Netzarim.

Palestinian security sources also said the Israeli army arrested Abdul Rahim Mallouh, the No. 2 figure in the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine. The PFLP is a Palestinian militant group that has committed numerous international terrorist attacks and has conducted attacks against Israeli or moderate Arab targets, according to the U.S. State Department.

The PFLP claimed responsibility for the killing of hard-line Israeli Cabinet minister Rechavam Ze'evi last October that triggered a fresh wave of violence in the region.

The group rejects anything less than a total Israeli withdrawal from lands occupied in 1967, including East Jerusalem.

While the PFLP has been a member of Arafat's Palestinian Liberation Organization since the late 1960s, its military wing was outlawed by the Palestinian National Security Council following Ze'evi's assassination.

Earlier Tuesday, a bomb exploded under an Israeli school bus near Kiryat Arba, a Jewish settlement on the West Bank southwest of Hebron, wounding three students, according to Israeli sources.

Israeli medical relief services said the wounded were transferred to a Jerusalem hospital in moderate to serious condition.

According to the sources, the bomb detonated under the bus as students approached to board it.

The latest violence came during Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's trip to Washington, where he met with President Bush and lawmakers.




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