Gaza (Reuters) - An Israeli air strike in Gaza killed a Palestinian gunman and wounded another on Sunday, hospital officials said, hours after Israel killed the leader of an al Qaeda-linked militant group.
An Israeli military spokesman confirmed there had been an Israeli attack in Gaza but gave no details.
The air strike, on a motorcycle in southern Gaza, came hours after Israel killed two other militants in a similar attack late on Saturday.
Hamas, the Islamist group that rules Gaza, identified one of the men killed in that air strike as Hisham Al-Saedni, head of the Jihadist Salafi group Tawhid and Jihad (One God and Holy War), a group with an Islamist ideology shared by al Qaeda.
A number of Jihadist Salafi groups have surfaced in Gaza in recent years. Unlike Hamas, they endorse an ideology of global Jihad and some accuse Hamas of failing to implement Islamic laws in the coastal enclave.
Hamas rejects permanent peace with Israel and the two sides fought a three-week war from December 2008 into January 2009. The border is tense, with frequent clashes. About 40 rockets have been fired from Gaza into Israel in October.
Israel says it holds Hamas responsible for any attacks launched from Gaza, which has been under the group's control since 2007.
(Reporting by Nidal al-Mughrabi; Writing by Maayan Lubell; Editing by Bill Trott)
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