Egypt frees top Hamas terrorist

Monday, October 15, 2007 |  by Staff Writer  

Egypt on Sunday released a Hamas terrorist wanted by Israel for his involvement in numerous attacks against Israelis, reported The Jerusalem Post.

Nahor Massoud fled to Egypt more than a year ago. He was later incarcerated without trial at the request of the Palestinian Authority.

Media commentators linked the release to rumors of secret prisoner exchange talks between Israel and Hamas, which is holding an Israeli soldier captive in the Gaza Strip. Massoud was one of over 1,000 terrorists Hamas demanded be set free in exchange for Corporal Gilad Shalit.

Palestinian sources said Massoud's newfound freedom was also a sign of further rapprochement between Egypt and Hamas.

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