Hamas: 2 arrested in Italian killing

AP News
Posted: Apr 16, 2011 7:38 AM
Hamas: 2 arrested in Italian killing

A Hamas official says two suspects have been arrested in connection with the abduction and murder of an Italian activist in the Palestinian territory.

Ihab Ghussein, a Hamas Interior Ministry spokesman, said Saturday the suspects are still being interrogated and authorities are also searching for other militants from the al-Qaida-inspired group believed to have carried out the slaying.

Vittorio Arrigoni was kidnapped by members of a small extremist group on Thursday. Hamas forces found his body Friday.

It was the first such kidnap-slaying of a foreigner in the Gaza Strip since the militant group Hamas took power in the territory in 2007.

It highlighted the challenge that Iran-backed Hamas faces from smaller extremist factions in Gaza that see it as too pragmatic.