Israeli report: Hamas trains bomb-making experts in Sudan

Published September 19th, 2002 - 02:00 GMT

Hamas is continuing to train bomb-making experts, popularly known as "engineers," according to Israeli sources.  


Israel's Shin Bet security service has recently detained a Palestinian from the Gaza Strip who is accused of undergoing such training in Sudan, Haaretz reported on Thursday.  


Muntasar Taleb Salameh Frej, 20, from Gaza City, was arrested last August at Rafah, after a period of residence in Jordan and Egypt. An indictment submitted against him last week at an Israeli military court charges that Frej underwent military training in Sudan.  


The indictment relays that Frej joined a Hamas-affiliated organization at the age of 15. When the al Aqsa intifada erupted two years ago, he joined Hamas' military wing. Last June, the indictment charges, he underwent training in the use of firearms.  


Four other men participated in the training, led by senior Hamas operative Nidal Farhat, and conducted at the home of Hamas' spiritual leader Sheikh Ahmad Yassin. Farhat, whose brother Muhammad carried out a shooting attack at the Atzmonah settlement in which five persons were killed, proposed that Frej undergo Hamas sponsored training overseas, the Israeli report said.

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