The Palestine Islamic Jihad (PIJ) issued a communiqué today, April 17, 2006, claiming responsibility for the suicide bombing this day in Tel Aviv, killing a stated ?more than seven Zionists? and injuring many others. The suicide bomber is indicated in the message to be Sami Salim Muhammad Hamas, a 22-year old man, detonating himself as part of the group?s ?legitimate jihad against the Zionists?.
This message, like the others recently issued by PIJ, have been posted on forums primarily used by terrorist organizations based in Iraq, Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia and Algeria.
According to media reports, a Palestinian suicide bombed detonated himself in Tel Aviv, outside of a falafel restaurant, killing six and injuring at least thirty people.
The websites of PIJ are located at www.qudnews.net and www.qudsway.com , running from Missouri and Tehran, respectively.
A translation of the message is provided to our Intel Service members.