GAZA – Two of the extremists suspected of killing an Italian activist died and a third was captured on Tuesday when Hamas security troops stormed a building in central Gaza where the men were hiding, according to the Gazan Interior Ministry, The New York Times informs. A ministry statement said that one of the hunted men, who had Jordanian citizenship, threw a grenade at the other two -both Palestinians – to prevent them from surrendering. One was fatally injured. The Jordanian then killed himself with a gunshot to the head, the statement said. The third man, who was injured, was taken into custody. The Italian, Vittorio Arrigoni, 36, was a pro-Palestinian activist living in Gaza. He was strangled and his body was found in an empty Gaza house on Friday, a day aftera fringe group called Tawhid and Jihad claimed responsibility for his abduction.
The three men were found at a two-story house to the west of the Nussirat refugee camp. In a five-hour standoff, Hamas militants joined the security forces, who exchanged fire with three men inside for less than a minute before the grenade blast and final gunshot were heard. Three police officers were wounded.