Al Qaeda sympathizers detained in West Bank, Gaza
RAMALLAH/GAZA, West Bank (Reuters) - Palestinian security forces detained six radical Islamists with explosives in the West Bank in the first known arrests of al Qaeda-inspired militants in the territory, a senior Palestinian officer said.
In the Gaza Strip, controlled by a separate, Hamas-run administration, the authorities announced the arrest of a leader of a pro-al Qaeda group, the latest sign of a crackdown on radicals accused of bombing security offices and Internet cafes.
The six men arrested in the West Bank, occupied by Israel since 1967, had been found in possession of explosives, Brigadier General Ibrahim Ramadan of the Western-backed Palestinian Authority said on Wednesday. "The group is under investigation. They carry the ideology of al Qaeda but they do not have a link to al Qaeda," he said.[new union members for us...hurrah's]