Israel detains Hamas members who killed policeman

Published July 19th, 2010 - 03:12 GMT

The Israeli internal security service (Shin Bet) declared on Monday the arrest of five members of the military wing of Hamas, accused of killing an Israeli policeman during a raid in the West Bank on June 14. Two other policemen were wounded in the attack, which occurred near the Jewish settlement of Beit Hagai in the Hebron area. According to the Shin Bet statement, three of the suspects opened fire from Kalashnikov assault rifles on a police jeep.

The other two helped to conceal weapons. The Shin Bet said that "members of the armed Hamas cell" had been arrested on June 22 and the weapons were found.

The Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad condemned the attack, saying it was" contrary to the Palestinian national interests."

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