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Egypt gave Israel intelligence that led to last week's Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) assassination of an al-Qaida-affiliated terrorist outside Hamas security headquarters in Gaza City, Time magazine reported on Thursday.
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Mohammed Namnam, 27, a top operative with the Army of Islam, was killed by a missile shot at his car from an Israeli helicopter.
Egyptian intelligence reportedly discovered that Namnam was preparing an attack on US forces in the Sinai Desert from other Army of Islam members captured in the Sinai.
An Egyptian security source told Time
that this is an unprecedented level of cooperation between Egyptian and Israeli intelligence. Time
posited that the shared
intelligence is a result of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak's anger
after 49 Hizbullah operatives were reportedly found plotting against
Egypt in Sinai.
Shin Bet confirmed the assassination shortly after it occurred, adding
that Namnam had been involved in the 2006 abduction of Gilad Schalit.
“Earlier today, the Israeli army targeted a ticking bomb,” IDF
spokeswoman, Lt.-Col. Avital Leibovitz, told reporters in a conference
According to the Shin Bet, Namnam, from the Shati refugee camp, was
responsible for a number of attacks against Israel in recent years.
Yaakov Katz contributed to this story.