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Originally sourced from

Bomber Dropped `Martyr' Hints

Friday, August 10, 2001

JENIN, West Bank (AP) - A 23-year-old Palestinian who killed himself and 14 others in a bomb blast in a Jerusalem pizzeria was a devout Muslim who began hinting a few weeks ago that he would become a ``martyr,'' his family said Friday.

On Thursday afternoon, Izzedine al-Masri wandered into the packed Sbarro restaurant in downtown Jerusalem and detonated explosives strapped to his body.

Israeli media reports said he had tied the detonator string to his elbow to enable him to trigger the explosives even if apprehended. The reports also said Israeli authorities had specific warnings about the impending attack, and that it remained unclear why more was not done to try to stop the assailant.

The bomber's family said al-Masri, a member of the Islamic militant group Hamas, wanted to avenge an Israeli rocket attack on Hamas headquarters in the West Bank town of Nablus last week. Eight people were killed at the time, including two Hamas leaders and two children.

On Friday, al-Masri's family held a wake in the village of Aqaba on the outskirts of the West Bank town of Jenin. Al-Masri's father, Shaheel, 50, flanked by his seven remaining sons, said he was proud of Izzedine.

Al-Masri said Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon ``is continuing the policy of killing our people, and my son succeeded in carrying out a suitable response.''

Friends, relatives and neighbors congratulated the smiling elder al-Masri.

Al-Masri said his son was a devout Muslim who had participated in Hamas rallies and funeral marches during the 10 months of Israeli-Palestinian fighting. Al-Masri said his son had worked in the family's fast food restaurant in Jenin.

About a month ago, Izzedine had begun dropping hints that he was about to become a ``martyr,'' as Islamic militants refer to suicide bombers, the elder al-Masri said.

Izzedine al-Masri left home on Wednesday, telling his family he was going to stay with friends in another West Bank town for a while. Before his death, al-Masri posed for a photo showing him wearing a green Hamas headband and holding an assault rifle.

The al-Masri interview is also mentioned in this contemporary Irish news article


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