Blast in home of Gaza militant leader kills one

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Posted: Jan 14, 2012 12:43 PM
Blast in home of Gaza militant leader kills one

GAZA (Reuters) - One Palestinian man was killed and four others wounded in an explosion at the home of a militant leader in the Gaza Strip Saturday, Palestinian medics said.

It was not immediately clear what had caused the explosion in the Rafah home of Zuhair Al-Qaissi, chief commander of the Popular Resistance Committees (PRC) -- an armed Palestinian faction that often operates independently of Gaza's Hamas rulers.

The PRC said Al-Qaissi was not hurt in the explosion. Medics said they had not yet identified the man killed.

Al-Qaissi's predecessor, Kamal al-Nairab was killed in an Israeli air strike in August.

(Reporting by Nidal al-Mughrabi; Writing by Maayan Lubell)