In the first suicide bombing to hit Israel’s southern Red Sea coastal town of Eilat, a suicide bomber blew himself up in an bakery shortly before 9:30 a.m. Monday morning, killing at least three and wounding dozens.
Director of Magen David Adom in Eilat Robert Tolesco said that paramedics arrived on the scene and began searching for injured, but found no one in need of medical attention.
While police originally believed the attack to be a gas explosion, investigations revealed a suicide bomber had entered the bakery in a shopping center in one of Eilat’s older neighborhoods and detonated either an explosives belt or a bag filled with explosives.
The Shin Bet (Israel’s Secret Services) was investigating the attack.
Islamic Jihad and Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, associated with Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah faction, both claimed responsibility for the attack. Egyptian security forces arrested a 17-year-old Alexandria resident on Sunday who told a taxi driver in Sinai of his intention to carry out a suicide bombing in Israel.
There has not been a suicide attack in Israel since April 17, 2006,