Hamas terrorist leader killed in Gaza air strike

by Kal El on May 1, 2008 · View Comments

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GAZA CITY (AFP)- An air strike on Thursday killed a Hamas military leader in Gaza who took part in the 2006 capture of an Israeli soldier, the Israeli military said.

The Israelis “targeted and identified hitting Nafiz Mansur, a Hamas terror operative who was involved in terror attacks against Israel,” it said in a statement.

“Mansur was involved, among other attacks, in the capture of Gilad Shalit,” it said in reference to the Israeli seized by Palestinian militants in a cross-border raid from Gaza claimed by Hamas and two other armed groups.

The statement said the militant also bore responsibility for the killing of two Israeli soldiers in a July 2006 attack, and took part in setting up a suicide assault on a border post on April 19 this year.

The Islamist Hamas movement confirmed Mansur’s death and said it would “respond to this crime at the adequate time and place.”

The adequate time and place being after they call for a cease fire during which they can re-arm and reload their rocket launchers.

Yahoo! News has the full article.

UPDATE – I corrected my initial headline which read “military” and replaced it with “terrorist”. The last thing I want to do is legitimize those who blow themselves up, shoot up schools and want to carry on the legacy of the Nazi’s.

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