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Israeli Soldier, 2 Palestinians Killed in West Bank Suicide Bombing


A Palestinian suicide bomber has blown himself up at an Israeli checkpoint in the northern West Bank, killing one Israeli soldier and at least two Palestinians.

Israeli officials say the bomber struck Thursday, after stepping from a taxi to face soldiers at a makeshift checkpoint near the Israeli border. Four other Israelis and several Palestinians were wounded. Israeli authorities said they believed the bomber intended to strike in Tel Aviv.

The bombing occurred as Israeli warplanes and artillery hit targets in the northern Gaza Strip, in a campaign Israel says is aimed at stopping militants from firing rockets into Israel.

Meanwhile, Palestinian security forces continue to hunt for a British human rights activist kidnapped along with her parents Wednesday in southern Gaza. Authorities say there has been no claim of responsibility and no ransom demands.

Some information for this report provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.

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