Two Palestinians killed in Gaza car blast-witnesses

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GAZA, Oct 2 (Reuters) Two Palestinian were killed when a car exploded in Gaza City today, witnesses said.

An Israeli army spokeswoman said she was checking whether the Israeli army was involved in the incident. Palestinian medics said they received two bodies.

It was not immediately clear what caused the explosion in the coastal enclave, which is run by Hamas Islamists.

Hamas's paramilitary Executive Force police is investigating the blast and has not yet identified those killed, a spokesman for the group said.

Israel regularly launches pinpointed attacks against militants in the Gaza Strip to try to curb cross-border rockets fired by Palestinian militants.

Earlier today, Israel sent 29 prisoners home to the territory as part of an attempt to bolster President Mahmoud Abbas of the secular Fatah faction ahead of a US-sponsored conference on Palestinian statehood.

Reuters SBA VP0057

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