A Hamashole has been killed in a suicide bombing.
No, not a work accident, but at the hands of an ISIS terrorist.
A commander in Hamas’s military wing was killed early Thursday in an ISIS suicide bombing at the Rafah border crossing, which connects the Gaza Strip and Egypt.
According to the Gazan Interior Ministry, Hamas forces stopped for a security check two people who were nearing the border crossing from inside the strip when one of them set off an explosion, likely from a suicide belt.
The commander who was killed was identified as 28-year-old Nidal al-Jaafari, who in addition to being a member of the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades also served in the Hamas security forces.
Five other Hamas security personnel suffered various degrees of injuries in the explosion. The second terrorist was also wounded. The wounded were taken to the Abu Yousef al-Najjar hospital in the strip.
The two terrorists are members of the Salafist faction in the Gaza Strip, which is affiliated with ISIS.
It marked the first time that Hamas, which has carried out scores of suicide attacks over the years targeting Israelis, was itself targeted in such an assault.
Hamas has recently stepped up patrols in the border area with the declared aim of preventing the movement of so-called Jihadist Salafis between the territory and the Sinai peninsula, where Islamic State has been battling Egyptian troops for years.
No word yet as to whether both the dead ISIS terrorist and the dead Hamas terrorist each receive 72 virgins, or whether it is 36 each.
In other news, Hamas believe in security checks (just not for Jews, of course).
Then there’s this:
The Hamas Interior Ministry described the assailant and his colleague as “ideologically deviant,” a term Hamas uses to describe members of the Islamic State group and other extremists.
I would have thought ideologically speaking, ISIS and Hamas would have much in common, but what would I know. I’m just the guy who wants you to pass the popcorn.