Israeli army claims responsibility for Gaza assassination

14:13, November 04, 2010      

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Israeli army on Wednesday evening claimed responsibility for killing a Palestinian militant in the Gaza Strip.

In a statement, the army said Israeli air forces assassinated Mohammed al-Nemnem, a leader of the Army of Islam, in an airstrike with the cooperation of the Israeli security agency.

According to the statement, al-Nemnem, who was born in 1985, has been involved in attacks against Israel in recent years.

The Army of Islam had participated with the Gaza-ruled Hamas in kidnapping an Israeli soldier in his base near the Gaza Strip in 2006.

Al-Nemnem was driving his car near a Hamas police compound when it exploded. Hamas said the blast was caused by Israeli airstrike but the army did not comment on the issue then.

Witnesses said they heard the powerful blast and saw smoke rising from the western gate of Arafat police academy. Hamas policemen and security forces were also seen running out of their stations after the blast.

Source: Xinhua


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