A Hamas-led security force said on Sunday it found a bomb outside the parliament building in the Gaza Strip, a development that could fuel tensions between governing Islamists and President Mahmoud Abbas's Fatah faction.If the threat was to the "parliament building," shouldn't the bomb have been handled by the Legislative Force's engineering unit?
"We have thwarted a bombing attack against the parliament headquarters," said Islam Shahwan, a spokesman for Hamas's Executive Force that polices the territory.
He said the bomb contained 15 kg (33 lb) of explosives and was placed at the parliamentary compound's gate.
"The engineering unit of the Executive Force defused the device. The Executive force is searching for the perpetrators," Shahwan said.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility . . .
Sunday, September 16, 2007
This is from the folks at Reuters, who helpfully suggest that this event "could fuel tensions":