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Abducted son handed over in Gaza

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GAZA CITY (CNN) -- Maj. Gen. Moussa Arafat's son was released Thursday to an Egyptian delegation in Gaza that later handed him over to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, Palestinian sources in Gaza told CNN.

Manhal Arafat had been abducted Tuesday by masked gunmen who shot and killed his father, who was a cousin of the late Palestinian Authority President Yasser Arafat.

Moussa Arafat served as the Palestinian public security commander when his cousin, who died in November 2004, was Palestinian Authority president.

Palestinian security sources said masked gunmen shot the officer at his Gaza City home and abducted his son.

A Palestinian militant group claimed responsibility for the attack several hours later.

Abu Abir, a spokesman for the Palestinian Resistance Committee, called the Ramattan news agency office in Gaza, saying the group had killed Arafat and abducted his son.

On Thursday, masked men read a statement to reporters in Gaza City accusing Moussa Arafat of corruption, selling drugs, collaborating with Israel and causing the deaths of Palestinians by informing on them to Israel.

The men said they released Manhal only after Palestinian Authority negotiators agreed to address his father's crimes.

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