GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- An Israeli helicopter fired rockets into a car carrying Palestinian militants Thursday, killing at least two and wounding 35 bystanders. Israel said the target was Hamas' chief bombmaker, and there were conflicting reports about whether he was killed.
Israeli police sources and Israel TV said that Mohammed Deif, the Hamas bomber who headed Israel's most wanted list, was killed in the attack. But Hamas claimed he was alive.
Police officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, said they had been informed by the military that Deif was killed. The military had no immediate comment. Israeli government spokesman Daniel Seaman confirmed that Deif was the target but said it was not known if he was killed.
Deif, who was wanted for 14 years, was considered the terror mastermind of Hamas. Israel says he has been involved in planning many of the suicide bomb attacks staged by the violent Islamic group. The organization is responsible for scores of suicide attacks on Israelis, including a bus bombing in Tel Aviv last week
The Israeli military had no immediate comment on the reported death of Deif, who escaped an Israeli air strike earlier this year.
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