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JERUSALEM (CNN) -- A suicide bomber detonated an explosive vest near an Israeli army vehicle Thursday in the West Bank, killing three people and wounding nine, authorities said.

The explosion occurred at a checkpoint southeast of Tulkarem.

One Israeli soldier and two Palestinians were killed, and three Israeli soldiers were wounded, according to the Israel Defense Forces.

The Palestinian Red Crescent Society said six Palestinians were injured.

The Israeli military set up a roadblock near Tulkarem after receiving warnings of a suicide bomber planning to attack within Israel during Hanukkah, according to the IDF.

At 9:30 a.m. local time, soldiers stopped a Palestinian taxi at the checkpoint, and three passengers exited, including the bomber who was wearing a large overcoat, the IDF said. The roadblock commander asked the bomber to open his coat to be searched, the military said.

"The bomber then opened his coat and detonated the explosives belt concealed under his coat," the IDF said in a statement. "The belt had been wired to a very large amount of explosives and additionally had nails and other metallic debris attached to it."

The two Palestinians who were killed included the taxi driver and a passenger.

The IDF blamed the Palestinian militant group Islamic Jihad for the bombing.

The militant group dedicates itself to the creation of an Islamic Palestinian state and the destruction of Israel. The U.S. State Department considers it a terrorist organization.

"This terror attack proves yet again that the Palestinian terror organizations have no reservations regarding the execution of terror attacks, even at the cost of compromising the economic, spiritual and national interests of the Palestinian public," the IDF said.

Attack on Gaza police station

In Gaza, gunmen attacked a police station in Gaza City on Thursday, Palestinian security sources said. One person was killed as the gunbattle continued, the sources said.

It was unclear who attacked the station and what their motive was.

Meanwhile, Palestinian security forces reported no progress in the search for a British human rights activist and her parents, who were kidnapped Wednesday in Gaza. (Latest details)

The events occurred a day after the Israeli military pounded northern Gaza with artillery fire after warning Palestinian civilians to stay out of a zone used by militants to fire rockets at Israel. (Full story)

One Palestinian civilian was slightly wounded, according to Palestinian hospital sources.

CNN's Shira Medding and Guy Raz contributed to this report.

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