Israel Denies Daesh’s Claim of Responsibility for Deadly Jerusalem Attack

Sputnik News – June 17, 2017

Israel’s military on Saturday denied the [Daesh] claim that the group was behind a deadly attack in Jerusalem, saying it was a small local cell that killed a female police officer.

“To our understanding, the Islamic State was not involved in the attack,” an officer with the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), speaking on condition of anonymity, told Xinhua.

IS released a statement on Saturday, claiming responsibility for two coordinated shooting and stabbing attacks near East Jerusalem’s Old City on Friday evening. It was the first time that the organization took responsibility for a terror attack inside Israel, a target which the group warned it will “wipe out.”

According to IDF, neither Hamas, the Palestinian Islamist movement that also took responsibly for the attack, was involved in the incident.

“It was organized by a local cell that wasn’t linked to any organization,” said the officer.