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Hamas: Fatah militant responsible for attack on Fatah leader

March 31, 2013 4:36 P.M. (Updated: April 1, 2013 10:15 P.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- The gunmen who opened fire at a Fatah leader in Gaza City were recruited by the leader of a Fatah-affiliated militant group, the Hamas-run Ministry of Interior said Sunday.

On March 15, masked gunmen riding a motorbike opened fire on senior Fatah leader Jamal Obeid as he left a mosque after Friday prayers. Obeid was hit in the foot.

The interior ministry in Gaza said Sunday that the gunmen were arrested within 72 hours of the attack. They told interrogators they were given a handgun and paid to carry out the attack, the ministry said in a statement.

The suspects tried to claim they were affiliated to Hamas' Al-Qassam Brigades, in video-taped confessions, according to the ministry.

The attack was masterminded by the leader of a Fatah-affiliated militant group who has not been arrested yet, the ministry added.

"Security chaos has been brought to end once and for all," the statement said.

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