Oops. A Hamas leader, co-founder and senior official Imad al-Alami, made a critical error while inspecting his weapon: he shot himself in the head. This is the same man who the BBC notes is a “specially designated global terrorist.” Al-Alami is in critical condition after the accidental shooting, as a report from the Times of Israel explains:
“Senior Hamas official Imad al-Alami, who is a key link between Gaza and Tehran, was shot in the head Tuesday morning, with the terror group’s spokesperson Fawzi Barhoum saying he accidentally discharged his own weapon while inspecting it.
Hamas-run Gaza Health Ministry spokesperson Dr. Ashraf al-Qidre said al-Alami is being treated at the intensive care unit in Gaza City’s Shifa Hospital and that his condition is critical.
Al-Alami, also known as Abu Hamam, was born in Gaza in 1956. He was one of the founders of Hamas, which controls the Gaza Strip, and served as the terror group’s main representative in Tehran for many years before moving to Damascus in 2008.”
According to another report, from Haaretz, however, Al-Alami was hospitalized after an assassination attempt.
Those commenting on the story on ILJ.com noted: “Should happen more often,” “Lead by example. PLEASE,” and “It truly is a shame he is still breathing.”
Another person noted: “I think I’d rather it be known as an assassination attempt than that I shot myself in the head with my own gun!”
One commenter tried to explain this possibility:
“Presumably, it was an AK-47. The full auto versions have a design flaw that can cause an accidental discharge when dissembling it if there is still a round in the chamber.”
On various Facebook posts about the accidental shooting story, people weighed in with comments such as:
“This is reminding me of the old story of the terrorist who blew himself up because he forgot to set the timer on his bomb to reflect a change in time zones.”
Another person added: “It couldn’t have happened to a better person! I encourage more terrorists to do the same.”
Some commenters weren’t buying the accidental shooting story, however, with commenter presenting this idea, and citing “fake news”: “
When cleaning a gun you have to take out the clip, and pull back the slide to remove the built in the chamber. You then pull down on release clip to disconnect the chamber from the gun body. These are standard pre-cleaning moves on an automatic handgun. This guy was shot by somebody else. This is a Fake News Story!”
Another added this reasoning of an assassination attempt: “He came from Syria to Gaza to organize the local Hamas. He was probably interfering too much in the local corrupted business of the leaders of this terrorist organization. He is not the first that has received local assistance to take an early journey to the Moslem paradise.”
One commenter noted:
“Who inspects his personal weapon OUTSIDE his residence? Maybe that’ll be one more to scratch off the hit list. I sure hope so.”
Another commenter offered this helpful gun safety tip: “Rule 1 when cleaning your gun: make sure it’s not loaded.”