AlJazeera, January 29 - Suicide bomber has killed three people in
Micky Rosenfeld, a spokesman for the police, said: "Three people and the bomber were killed."
A police officer in Eilat said on army radio: "This was a suicide bombing and the bomber is one of the dead. He apparently entered with a bag or an explosives belt and blew himself up inside the shop."
Ehud Olmert, the Israeli prime minister, said: "We will study this incident ... and we will draw the conclusions in order to direct our security officials to continue their battle without respite against the terrorists and their commanders."
Jacky Rowland, Al Jazeera's
Bruno Stein, Eilat's police commander, said the police believe there could be more bombers in the town.
He said: "Our assumption is that it's not one bomber, and there might be more bombers in Eilat right now."
Claims of responsibility
Islamic Jihad, al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades and a previously unknown group calling itself the Army of Believers each said they carried out the attack.
Khaled al-Batsh, a senior Islamic Jihad leader, said the attack was "a natural response to the continued crimes by the Zionist enemy".
Spokesmen from Islamic Jihad and al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades claimed joint responsibility for the attack.
In a phone call to AFP offices in
The Jihad spokesman said al-Siksek belonged to the Islamist group but neither organisation specified how the bomber had managed to get from the Gaza Strip to Eilat, access to which is strictly controlled by
Islamic Jihad is not one of the Palestinian actors subject to a
The group has demanded that any truce also cover the occupied
Nour Odeh, Al Jazeera's correspondent in
"Senior Islamic Jihad movement figures have been killed or detained in the past few weeks, and so Islamic Jihad in particular has threatened [a] response.
"[Palestinians] are expecting reprisals from
"Some Palestinian groups may say that if the attacker came from the
Ismail Radwan, a Hamas spokesman, said the attack was a "natural response to the occupier's crimes against our people", although Hamas itself, which formed a Palestinian government last March, has not claimed a suicide bombing within
The attack is the first suicide bombing in