UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (OBSERVATORY) — The Palestinian militant group Hamas said on Wednesday two suicide bombings that killed three policemen in Gaza on Tuesday were carried out by suicide bombers and that investigations were underway to find out who was behind them.
Such attacks on Hamas, the most powerful militant group in the Gaza Strip, are rare but from time to time it faces internal opposition from more radical Islamist militants allied to al Qaeda or Islamic State.
“Two people blew themselves up with two police checkpoints in Gaza last night,” Iyad al-Bazm, a spokesman for the Hamas-run Interior Ministry in Gaza, told Reuters.
“We have identified them and continue to investigate who is behind them,” he said.
The aim of the attacks, he said, was to “create chaos and chaos in Gaza”.
Two policemen were killed and a third Palestinian was injured in the first bombing. An hour earlier, the second blast killed a policeman and wounded several people at another checkpoint.
Pro-Hamas security forces stepped up their presence on Gaza’s main streets on Wednesday, searching cars and arresting several people for questioning in connection with Tuesday’s bombings.
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