Massive Gaza tunnel blast wounds IDF soldier

( An Israel Defense Forces (IDF) soldier was wounded when a large tunnel packed by Hamas with explosives blew up at the Israel-Gaza border Nov. 8, the Associated Press reported.

IDF Lt. Col. Avital Leibovich said the tunnel, one of the largest Israel has seen in years, most likely represented a platform to either kill or kidnap Israeli soldiers. Soldiers were uncovering the shaft when Palestinians blew it up, according to CBN News. In 2006, Hamas had used such a tunnel to attack an IDF outpost, kill two soldiers, and kidnap the now-freed Gilad Shalit

“We definitely view it as a very severe event” Leibovich said. “The amount of explosives was very big. A kidnapping attempt is a possibility. Killing soldiers is a possibility.”

Hamas claimed responsibility for the new attack on its website, describing the explosion as being caused by a roadside bomb. The blast also launched an Israeli military vehicle about 65 feet away.

Posted on November 9, 2012 .