Egypt gave Israel intelligence that led to last week’s Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) assassination of an al-Qaida-affiliate outside Hamas security headquarters in Gaza City, Time magazine reported on Thursday.

Muhammad Namnam, 27, a top operative with the Army of Islam, was killed by a missile shot at his car from an IAF helicopter.

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Egyptian intelligence reportedly discovered that Namnam was preparing an attack on US forces in Sinai from other Army of Islam members captured in the Sinai.

An Egyptian security source told Time that there was an unprecedented level of cooperation between Egyptian and Israeli intelligence.

The magazine posited that the shared intelligence was a result of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak’s anger after 49 Hizbullah men were reportedly found plotting against Egypt in Sinai.

The Shin Bet confirmed the targeted killing shortly after it occurred, adding that Namnam had been involved in 2006’s abduction of IDF tank gunner Gilad Schalit and a number of other attacks in recent years.

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