Abdullah Badran

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Abdullah Badran (1983-February 25, 2005) was a Palestinian suicide bomber who killed five civilians and injured over fifty when he blew himself up at the entrance to "Stage", a popular Tel Aviv nightclub, on the corner of Herbert Samuel and Yonah Hanavi streets, opposite the Israeli beachfront. This bombing occurred on February 25, 2005.

Badran was a university student from the village of Deir al-Ghusun near the West Bank town of Tulkarm. His parents said he was a devout Muslim, but had no history of militant activity. Badran was twenty-one at the time of his death.[1]

The attack

On Friday, 25 February 2005, at 11:30 pm, Badron, wearing hidden explosives attached to his body, detonated himself in a crowd of young Israelis who were waiting outside a beachfront nightclub near the promenade of Tel Aviv. The blast killed five people and injured more than 50.

"We're a small and very 'together' unit," later said Yaron Greivsky, whose 30th birthday was the reason for the surprise gathering. "We're the kind who smile when we're called up for reserve service. All of us have been in dangerous places, we've been in Lebanon, Gaza, Hebron, all over. No one was ever hurt. And then a terrorist comes to the middle of Tel Aviv, where it's supposed to be the safest, and destroys everything."[2]

The Palestinian Islamist militant organization Islamic Jihad claimed responsibility for the attack.[3]


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