"Suna's Welcome Attack…!!" (迎えうつ砂…!!, Mukaeutsu Suna…!!, Viz: The Sand Strike Back…!!) is chapter 248 of the original Naruto manga.


Deidara, riding a clay bird, eliminates Sunagakure's scouts keeping and eye out for him or other Akatsuki personnel. When he infiltrates the village he is immediately confronted by Gaara, who knew that the bird was not a native of the area. Gaara wastes no time in attacking Deidara, dedicating great volumes of sand to try and crush him. Deidara's attempts at counterattacks are ineffective since Gaara's Shield of Sand protects him from all incoming attacks. Although he is initially successful at avoiding Gaara, Deidara's left arm is ultimately crushed by Gaaras' sand.

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