A Palestinian suicide bomber has killed three Israelis at the entrance to a West Bank settlement.

The Israeli military says the Israelis were apparently giving a ride in their car to a Palestinian hitchhiker when he blew himself up near the settlement of Kedumim. Witnesses say the bomber was disguised as a religious Jew.

Media reports say the victims included an elderly couple and a young girl.

The Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, an offshoot of the Fatah Party of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, claimed responsibility for the attack. The group said the bomber was a 24-year-old man from the West Bank town of Hebron.

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