Hamas claims to have arrested assassin of top military leader

Terrorist group with runs Gaza says it has arrested man who killed military commander in March, continues to blame Israel for assassination.

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The Hamas terrorist organization has arrested the suspected murderer of one of its key military commanders in the Gaza Strip, the Islamist movement's leader said Thursday. Hamas maintains that Israel was responsible for the March assassination of Mazen Faqha .

"We announce that the killer and criminal that carried out the orders of the officers of the Zionist security services is in the hands of the (Hamas) security services," Ismail Haniya told journalists in the Gaza Strip. "He has confessed to the crime."

No details were provided on the suspect's identity, though Hamas has previously suggested Arab collaborators worked with Israel to carry out the assassination.