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Published:July 25th, 2008 09:09 EST
Palestinians blame 'unknown gunmen' for Friday blasts

Palestinians blame 'unknown gunmen' for Friday blasts

By SOP newswire

Palestinian officials in the Gaza Strip say unidentified gunmen are responsible for successive blasts that left one man dead.

They say the first explosion went off Friday, outside a cafe in Gaza City, killing a passerby and wounding at least three others.

The second explosion took place a few minutes later outside the home of a Hamas politician Marwan Abu Ras. No one was injured.

Hamas took control of Gaza last year.

The area has been mostly calm since an Egyptian-brokered truce between Israel and Hamas went into effect last month. However, Islamic extremists have been waging a campaign against cafes and shops that sell or play music deemed unsuitable, as well as against Christian institutions.

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