Al Qaeda’s threat brings out extra Hamas security forces in Gaza City
The Salafi Jalalat organization set up by al Qaeda in the Gaza Strip has vowed to avenge what it called the massacre inflicted by Hamas on one of its cells, Jund Ansar Allah, when their partisans clashed in the southern town of Rafah on Aug. 14. At least 30 were reported dead on both sides and more than 150 injured.
Hamas intelligence was tipped off to a Jalalat plot to strike its government centers over this weekend, aiming to emulate the Baghdad outrage of Aug. 19 in which several truck bombers and mortar fire killed 95 people, injured 1,000 and demolished Iraqi government buildings.
The Islamist Palestinian group has therefore posted extra security units around government and military buildings in Gaza City since Friday.
According to debkafile‘s counter-terror sources, the al Qaeda offshoot has already carried out one attack:
On Aug. 30, bombs were set off at two Hamas security compounds in the Gaza Strip.
There were no immediate reports of casualties or claims of responsibility for the attacks on the Ansar-2 prison where the central Hamas command is situated and its internal security headquarters in the former Gaza residence of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, whom Hamas deposed in Gaza in 2007.