Fatah, Hamas Happy Terrorist Dead

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CBNNews.com - GAZA STRIP - Members of both Palestinian factions, Fatah and Hamas, are pleased that Israel assassinated Army of Islam commander Mu'taz Dughmush in a targeted air strike Tuesday.

Besides Mu'taz, five other Army of Islam and Islamic Jihad terrorists were killed in two precision air strikes.

The Army of Islam is one of Gaza's smaller terror cells, formed two years ago and allegedly working with al-Qaeda.

According to Jerusalem Post Palestinian Affairs correspondent Khaled Abu Toameh, Mu'taz's older brother Mumtaz, who founded and led the terror cell, is the Palestinian version of Jordanian arch-terrorist Abu Musa Zarqawi.

The Army of Islam participated in the kidnapping of Israeli soldier Corporal Gilad Shalit in June 2006.

"We are talking about one of the most dangerous groups of mercenaries in the Gaza Strip," a Ramallah-based Fatah official told Toameh.

"These guys carried out many political assassinations and gruesome killings of innocent people," he said.

Mu'taz has a whole string of brutal murders to his name, including the children of a senior Fatah official.

The Army of Islam is known for its execution-style killings. They were responsible for the abduction of BBC journalist Alan Johnston.

"Mu'taz is not being revered as a shahid [martyr]," a reporter in Gaza told Toameh. "Many here see him as a thug and a merciless killer. The reaction of many people to his death has been, 'good riddance,'" he said.

According to the reporter, both Fatah and Hamas hired Mu'taz to assassinate people.

"Both parties have been trying to catch him or kill him, but in the end Israel did the job for them. I don't believe anyone will miss Mu'taz Dughmush," he said.

Source: The Jerusalem Post

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