From the Shocked! Shocked! Department, via the Jerusalem Post, with thanks to the Constantinopolitan Irredentist:
A new Muslim terrorist group linked to al-Qaida has started operating in the Gaza Strip, Palestinian Authority security officials told The Jerusalem Post on Thursday.
Jundallah, or “Allah’s Brigades,” consists mostly of scores of former Hamas and Islamic Jihad members, the officials disclosed. They said Jundallah gunmen launched their first attack on IDF soldiers near Rafah earlier this week.
The IDF said four soldiers were lightly wounded in the attack.
Jundallah is a radical Muslim group that has close ties with al-Qaida in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iraq, said one official. “We know for sure that the group is especially active in the southern Gaza Strip,” he added.
Another official said that, according to intelligence gathered by the PA security forces, Jundallah consists largely of Hamas and Islamic Jihad dissidents who were unhappy with their groups’ ostensible pragmatism.
“They believe that Hamas and Islamic Jihad have become too moderate,” the official said, referring to the two groups’ agreement to temporarily suspend terror attacks on Israel.
The emergence of Jundallah in the Gaza Strip confirms suspicions that al-Qaida has been trying to set foot in the area ahead of Israel’s planned withdrawal.