Premature detonation syndrome strikes again.

(AFP) — A Palestinian militant was killed in northern Gaza near the border with Israel on Monday, the DFLP group and medics said, in circumstances disputed by the Israeli army.

Adham Abu Selmiya, spokesperson for Gaza’s emergency services, said a man had been killed by Israeli tank fire but his body was so badly disfigured that medics were not immediately able to identify him.

The Israeli military denied any involvement in the incident, saying the man had been killed when an explosive device he was trying to plant went off prematurely — in what it referred to as a “work accident.”

“The army had nothing to do with it. Initial information indicates two suspects were handling an explosive device which killed one of them,” a spokesperson told AFP.