The US and Iraq weren’t the only ones celebrating the demise of a top terrorist thug. Via Reuters:
GAZA (Reuters) – A senior Palestinian security official in the Hamas government was killed on Thursday in an Israeli aerial attack on a militant camp in the southern Gaza Strip, witnesses and medics said.
They said Jamal Abu Samhadana, also a leader of the Popular Resistance Committees (PRC) militant group, was among four people killed in a PRC-run camp near the town of Khan Younis.
It was the first time Israel has killed an appointee of the government under Hamas, an Islamist group that took power in March after an election victory over the more moderate Fatah faction of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.
“Israel knows that Abu Samhadana works in the government and by killing him they are sending a message that all its members, from the prime minister to junior employees, are targets for death,” said cabinet secretary Ghazi Hamad.
An Israeli military spokeswoman confirmed the strike, saying it targeted the camp rather than anyone specific. Abu Samhadana, on Israel’s wanted list for his role in a more than 5-year-old Palestinian revolt, had survived previous attempts on his life.
Hamas appointed Abu Samhadana as supervisor over the Interior Ministry, which oversees security services, in April. Though he hails from Fatah, Abu Samhadana had good relations with Hamas, which is sworn to the Jewish state’s destruction.
Wonder if he and Zarqawi have figured out there are no “72 virgins” in hell? Will Jimmy Carter be depressed?
Blogging machine Allah has more background on Samhadana.