U.N. employee kidnapped in Nablus

March 1, 2006 at 3:20 PM

NABLUS, West Bank, March 1 (UPI) -- A Palestinian employee of the United Nations in Nablus has been kidnapped by al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, the military wing of the Fatah faction.

The kidnappers said Jafaal Sawalma, who works for the United Nations in the Balata refugee camp in Nablus, is suspected of cooperating with Israel in last week's killing of al-Aqsa's Nablus commander, Muhammad Shatawi, ynetnews.com reported.

Palestinian Authority security forces arrested Sawalma Saturday and questioned him for two days before releasing him. Al-Aqsa Brigades members, dissatisfied with the official investigation, kidnapped Sawalma.

The organization said Sawalma will be released if he is found innocent, but if he is found to have provided information used in Shatawi's killing, he will be killed, ynetnews.com said.

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