Israel assails Hamas government over Tel Aviv bomb

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JERUSALEM, Apr 17 (Reuters) Israel holds the new Hamas government in the Palestinian Authority reponsible for today's bombing of a Tel Aviv sandwich stand which killed at least five people, a spokesman for Acting Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said.

''This Palestinian Authority, which has clearly defined itself as a terrorist entity, has tried to instigate terrorist support more than the previous one did, and we will act accordingly,'' spokesman Raanan Gissin said.

Two other Palestinian militant groups -- Islamic Jihad and al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades -- issued separate claims of responsibility for the attack.

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