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Blast kills PRC operative in south Gaza

Jan. 14, 2012 8:24 P.M. (Updated: Jan. 16, 2012 4:36 P.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- An explosion in the southern Gaza Strip killed a member of the armed wing of the Popular Resistance Committees, the group said late Saturday.

Khalid al-Qaisi, 38, died and five others were injured in the blast at the al-Qaisi home in Rafah, the Nasser Salah al-Din Brigades said in a statement. The injured were not named.

The statement said al-Qaisi was killed in action while performing a "jihad mission" in Rafah, but no other details were disclosed.

A medical official, Adham Abu Salmiya, said the charred corpse of an al-Qaisi family member was transferred to Abu Yousef al-Najjar Hospital after the explosion in Rafah, which borders Egypt.

A Ma'an correspondent said parts of the city "literally shook" during the explosion, the cause of which was not immediately clear. An Israeli military spokeswoman denied army involvement.

The PRC said secretary-general Zuhair al-Qaisi, a relative of Khalid, was unharmed.
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