Senior Islamic Jihad Leader Killed in Gaza Blast

February 16, 2008

Author: Nidal al-Mughrabi

Source: The Boston Globe

Wire Service: Reuters

Eight people were killed, including a commander of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad movement, and about 40 were wounded when an explosion destroyed the militant's house in the Gaza Strip late yesterday, a group spokesman and local medics said. more stories like this

Islamic Jihad said an air strike caused the blast, which also killed three other militants and the wife and two young children of the commander, Ayman Fayed, better known as Abu Abdallah.

The Israeli Army denied any involvement. A senior figure in the Jihadist movement linked the explosion to Israeli threats to kill senior militants it holds responsible for rockets fired into Israel, and to this week's killing in Damascus of a top commander of Lebanon's Hezbollah group.