Thursday, October 07, 2004

Abu Amin

Man apparently involved with killing a Hamas leader in Damascus is being held in Syria:

Arabic-language newspapers have reported in recent days that a Palestinian man identified as "Abu Amin" has been detained for questioning in Syria, on the suspicion that he aided Israel in carrying out a car bombing in Damascus on September 26, in which senior Hamas militant Iz a Din al-Sheikh Khalil was killed.

Abu Amin had been a member of Ahmed Jibril's Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine-General Command.

According to the London-based Al-Hayat newspaper, police suspect that Abu Amin, a good friend of Khalil's made the telephone call which ignited the explosive charge attached to his car at around 11 A.M.

Sources close to Abu Amin, who apparently quit Ahmed Jibril's organization two years ago, denied that Amin was involved in the assassination.

"There were strong ties of friendship between them," a source told the paper. "Abu Amin called Khalil a number of times between Saturday and Sunday, and they are investigating if there is some connection to the explosion."

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