(JERUSALEM) -- The Israeli army has come forward, claiming responsibility for the assassination of a senior Palestinian militant whose car blew up in Gaza City Wednesday.
Army officials said 27-year-old Mohammed Namnam was a senior commander in a terrorist group called the "Army of Islam," which is affiliated with al Qaeda. In a statement on the web, the army of Islam confirmed Namnam's identity, saying he was now a martyr.
Israel described Namnam as a "ticking time bomb," saying in addition to directing attacks against Israel, he was plotting to attack American targets in Egypt's Sinai peninsula. Israeli security officials also believe that Namnam was involved in the abduction of Gilad Shalit, the French-Israeli soldier kidnapped over four years ago in a Gaza cross-border raid.
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