US convoy bombed in Gaza

15 October 2003
At least three Americans were killed and another person seriously injured on 15 October when a bomb detonated underneath a vehicle in a convoy carrying US officials in the Gaza Strip. Initial reports stated that US special Middle East envoy John Wolf, who is responsible for monitoring compliance with the roadmap peace plan, was among those in the convoy. US officials responded by saying that Wolf is currently not in the region. Later reports suggested that the victims of the blast were security men hired from a private company. The roadside bomb went off about one kilometre inside the Gaza Strip, near the Erez crossing. Newly-appointed Palestinian Prime Minister Ahmed Qurei (Abu Ala) condemned the attack and promised a full inquiry. Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat described the bombing as 'disastrous'.

In a separate incident in the Gaza Strip, three Israeli soldiers were injured when a bomb detonated under their military vehicle.

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