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Palestinian Suicide Bombing Targets Israeli Train Station - 2003-04-24

A suspected Palestinian suicide bomber blew himself in the central Israeli town of Kfar Saba Thursday, killing a security guard and injuring at least 10 other people. There has so far been no official claim of responsibility, but Palestinian sources say a group linked to Yasser Arafat's Fatah movement may have been behind the attack.

The blast occurred during morning rush hour at Kfar Saba's train station. The bomber tried to enter the station, then blew himself up when a security guard stopped him at the gate.

The bomber has been identified as 18-year-old Ahmed Khatib from the Balata refugee camp near the West Bank city of Nablus.

A spokesman in Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's office called it a vicious attack against Israeli civilians. Palestinian Cabinet minister Yasser Abed Rabbo condemned the attack, saying the Palestinian Authority opposes all attacks against civilians, Israeli or Palestinian.

The bombing comes just a day after a new Palestinian government was formed that is to rein in such attacks and pave the way for a resumption of peace talks.