Gaza militant group foils assassination attempt of its leader

14:04, January 02, 2010      

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The Popular Resistance Movement (PRM),a Gaza-based militant group, said Friday that it has foiled an assassination attempt to kill its top leader.

The group said in a press statement sent to reporters that an anonymous person sent two booby-trapped suitcases to the office of Sheikh Zakareya Doghmosh, the PRM commander in the Gaza Strip.

"The two suitcases were sent to Sheikh Doghmosh office in Gaza city aiming at assassinating him," said the group, adding "the internal security section of the group discovered the suitcases and foiled the killing attempt."

The security forces of Hamas movement, which rules the Gaza Strip, in coordination with the group had immediately investigated the incident. However, the group said that no suspects had been yet detained.

The group was part of the Popular Resistance Committee (PRC) that was involved in capturing Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit in Gaza border three years ago.

Doghmosh quitted the PRC in 2009 and formed a group of his own called the Popular Resistance Movement.

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