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Ex-Hamas member named in killing of senior Hamas commander

AP  |  Gaza City 

Hamas officials say the shooter who killed a senior Hamas commander in March was a former member of the group who joined a radical al-Qaida-inspired rival and was secretly recruited by

Hamas said today it arrested 45 alleged collaborators with Israel, including three allegedly involved in killing Mazen Faqha outside his home.


It was the largest such sweep since the Islamic militant group seized a decade ago.

Hamas released a purported videotaped confession in which the shooter says he was recruited by and was allegedly paid to form al-Qaida-style cells.

A Hamas official says the assailant was expelled from Hamas four years ago and joined an al-Qaida-inspired outfit. He spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the sensitive case.

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