A senior member of the Islamic militant group Hamas has been killed by the Israeli army in Gaza City. Adnan Al-Ghoul, a master bombmaker known as “the father of the Qassam rocket,” and one of his aides died when an Israeli missile slammed into their vehicle. He had been on Israel’s most wanted list since 1987.
Ghoul manufactured explosives and weapons used in dozens of attacks against Israelis according to Palestinian sources. He survived several assassination attempts in the past years, one of which killed his son, also a Hamas militant. Immediately after the attack, Hamas supporters drove through the streets of Gaza, firing in the air and vowing revenge. His death is part of a drive by Israel to eliminate Palestinian militants. Hamas’ spiritual leader Sheikh Yassin was killed in such an attack earlier this year.