Eilat bakery bombing

Eilat Bakery Bombing

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The Eilat bakery bombing occurred on 29 January 2007 when a Palestinian suicide bomber from the Gaza Strip infiltrated the northern suburbs of Eilat, Israel. Upon seeing the police approaching, he entered a neighbourhood bakery and detonated his bomb, killing three Jewish employees (two Israeli, one Peruvian).

In the midst of Palestinian factional violence, both the Islamic Jihad and the Fatah-affiliated al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades claimed joint responsibility.

The attack

This was Eilat's first suicide bombing, and the first attack to succeed against Israel since 17 April 2006 (others had been attempted, but thwarted by Israeli security forces).

The attack was in the residential area of Eilat, far from the tourist resorts/hotels area. Palestinian Islamic Jihad claimed responsibility for the attack, together with two other terrorist groups.

Although it was the first suicide bombing to hit the city, there had been other acts of terror committed near Eilat.

The bomber, Muhammed Faisal al-Saqsaq, 21, was a resident of Gaza City and member of the Fatah-affiliated al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades. According to relatives, Saksak had been despondent because he was unemployed and his baby daughter...
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