Suspect in Italian activist's murder commits suicide in Hamas raid

11:47, April 20, 2011      

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A man accused of killing an Italian peace activist in the Gaza Strip committed suicide after wounding two of his colleagues during a standoff with Hamas forces, Hamas' Interior Ministry said Tuesday.

The ministry said that one of the fugitives, holding Jordanian papers, threw a bomb at two of his colleagues when they wanted to surrender to Hamas, wounding the two, one of them seriously. After that, the man shot himself to death, a brief statement said.

Earlier in the day, Hamas forces surrounded a house in the Gaza Strip where the murderers were believed to have been staying, sources and witnesses said.

The witnesses said that the two sides exchanged fire for a while and that the murderers, members of an Al-Qaeda-inspired Muslim group, refuse to surrender.

On Sunday, Hamas authorities published photos for the three people and said they were wanted for direct involvement in the kidnapping and killing of the pro-Palestinian activist Vittorio Arrigoni.

Arrigoni, 36, was found dead in a house at dawn Friday, hours after members of an Al-Qaeda-inspired group said in a video that they had abducted him.

Source: Xinhua
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