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Hamas names suspect in bomb attack on PA premier

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Hamas on Wednesday names a fugitive suspect in a bomb attack on Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah, two days after the Islamist terror group itself was accused of the Gaza attack.

Hamdallah was unhurt by the roadside blast that struck his convoy on March 13, in what Palestinian officials have called an assassination attempt as he entered the Hamas-run strip on a rare visit.

The interior ministry in Gaza on Wednesday says it was searching for Anas abu Koussa, born in 1993, describing him as the lead suspect.

It doesn’t give a possible motive for the attack on Hamdallah, head of government in President Mahmoud Abbas’s Palestinian Authority.

A Hamas security source says investigators had arrested and were questioning three people, including two members of the PA-run intelligence services.

Another security source says he believed radical Salafist Muslims had planted the bomb, which lightly injured six people.

Hamas and the West Bank-based PA have been bitter rivals for a decade since the terror group seized control of Gaza.

— AFP

Hamas personnel inspect the site of an explosion that occurred as the convoy of Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah entered Gaza through the Erez crossing with Israel, on the main road in Beit Hanoun, Gaza Strip, on March 13, 2018. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)

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