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Islamic Jihad Says No Retaliation for U.S. Indictments; 2 Militants Killed

The leader of Islamic Jihad denied that a professor arrested in the United States had any link to the militant group and said Friday that Jihad would not attack Americans in retaliation for U.S. indictments against it. Also Friday, Israeli soldiers killed two Islamic Jihad gunmen trying to carry out separate attacks against an army post and a Jewish settlement in the Gaza Strip. The militant group has killed scores of Israelis in bombings and shootings in the past 29 months of fighting. U.S. authorities Thursday issued a 50-count indictment against eight alleged members of Islamic Jihad, four of whom were arrested in the United States. Among them was computer engineering professor Sami Al-Arian, accused of operating a racketeering enterprise to support the group. The Islamic Jihad leader in Gaza, Abdallah Shami, told a rally of about 1,000 people in Gaza City that Al-Arian had no ties to the group. Full Story

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