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Gaza City, Gaza Strip - Shadowy Al-Qaida-linked Group Claims Israel Attack

Published on: June 19, 2012 09:36 AM
By: AP
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A Palestinian inspects the debris of a destroyed motorcycle after an Israeli airstrike in Beit Hanoun, northern Gaza Strip, Monday, June 18 2012. Militants crossed from Egypt's turbulent Sinai Peninsula into southern Israel on Monday and opened fire on civilians building a border security fence, defense officials said. One of the Israeli workers was killed, and two assailants died in a gunbattle with Israeli troops responding to the attack. Several hours after the attack, an Israeli airstrike killed two men riding a motorcycle in the northern Gaza Strip near the Israeli border. The Islamic Jihad militant group said the men were members on a "reconnaissance" mission and vowed revenge. (AP Photo/Hatem Moussa)Gaza City, Gaza Strip - A shadowy militant group claiming ties to the al-Qaida terror network says it carried out a deadly cross-border attack in Israel.

The group, calling itself the Mujahedeen Shura Council of Jerusalem, made the claim in a video distributed in Gaza on Tuesday.

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The short video identifies two men, one Egyptian and one Saudi, as the perpetrators of Monday’s attack. The men, speaking in front of an al-Qaida flag, say they are about to carry out a “double suicide mission.”

In Monday’s attack, two attackers crossed into Israel from Egypt and killed an Israeli civilian before they were shot dead by Israeli security forces.

The authenticity of the video could not be verified. Israel has warned that al-Qaida-inspired groups now operate in Gaza.

Israeli officials declined comment.



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