Hamas terror group declares state of emergency, cracks down on ISIS-linked terrorists after blasts
Suicide bombers, most likely affiliated with ISIS, have struck two different Hamas police checkpoints in Gaza late Tuesday, killing three policemen and wounding three civilians.
Arabs report that the attacks are the result of a series of counter-terrorism operations conducted by Hamas, the terror group that rules Gaza, against Muslim terrorists linked to the caliphate.
In the first attack, carried out by a suicide bomber aboard a motorcycle packed with explosives, two policemen were killed and a civilian was injured.
The second explosion took place about an hour later, killing an officer and wounding two civilians.
Immediately after the first blast, Hamas’ health ministry spokesman blamed Israel but later deleted his tweet. The IDF said it was unaware of any action in Gaza.
Hamas declared a state of emergency, with security forces on maximum alert and hundreds of policemen patrolling the main roads.
Hamas terror group chief Ismail Haniyeh said that Gaza can “absorb” such incidents.
“Police and security forces will not rest or remain silent until they have their hands on all concerned,” Hamas said in a statement, adding that security forces arrested dozens of suspects, including a number of “ISIS operatives, activists in extremist Salafi organizations, and clerics.”
In the past, ISIS-linked Salafi terror groups carried out several attacks in Gaza. A series of arrests had sparked the ire of more radicalized terrorists, who responded with terror attacks.
The number of ISIS-linked terrorists in Gaza is impossible to verify: the leaders of the groups speak of thousands, while for Hamas, they would be only a few dozen.