A masked man speaking in what is believed to be a North American accent in a video that Islamic State fighters released in September 2014..
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A Palestinian journalist in Gaza was kidnapped and beaten by men claiming to belong to ISIS and released hours later, said a relative, according to an AFP report.
Mohammed al-Maghayer, who also works as an adviser to Dutch diplomats, was "kidnapped and beaten" Tuesday morning, he told the AFP without any other comments.
An anonymous relative of Maghayer told AFP that "his abductors told him they belonged to the Islamic State. They put metal handcuffs on him and drove him to an undisclosed location where they held him for about eight hours, asking information about himself and his work with the Dutch."
According to the report, a medic at Gaza City's Shifa hospital treated the adviser to the Dutch for "wounds to his legs" and was discharged Wednesday.
Additionally, Hamas, who control the Gaza Strip, said its "security forces have launched an investigation to find who is behind this attack," the report said.
On December 18, Israel indicted three members of a Hebron Islamic State
cell for plotting a range of terrorist attacks. Following the lifting of a gag order, the Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) announced that it had arrested the three in November and its members detonated a bomb in a failed attack against soldiers, which caused no injuries.
Members of the group were all residents of Hebron, the Shin Bet added, naming three men in their early 20s. They acted alone, and had no contact with outside elements, security sources familiar with the investigation said.
Recently Hamas has blamed bombings in the Gaza Strip against homes of Fatah members and a French cultural center on ISIS, though security sources said those claims were false
and that the bombings were committed by Hamas's military wing.