Palestinian militant groups deny Islamic State claim of Jerusalem attack

Peace and Freedom

Reuters

Israeli policemen secure the scene of the shooting and stabbing attack outside Damascus gate in Jerusalem’s old city June 16, 2017. REUTERS/Ammar Awad

Palestinian militant factions denied on Saturday a claim by Islamic State that three Palestinian men who carried out a fatal shooting and stabbing attack in Jerusalem were members of the Islamic State militant group.

Islamic State took responsibility for the attack on Friday, in which one Israeli police officer was killed and another wounded, according to the group’s Amaq news agency.

Israeli security officials did not respond immediately to requests for comment on what the SITE intelligence monitoring group described as the first time Islamic State had claimed responsibility for an attack in Israeli-controlled territory, nor on the attackers’ affiliation.

However, a senior official from Hamas, the Islamic group that rules the Gaza Strip, and the People’s Front for…

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