Israeli troops kill Islamic Jihad operative

Wednesday, February 21, 2007 |  by Staff Writer
Israeli troops shot and killed a leader of the terrorist group, Islamic Jihad, on Wednesday in the Samarian village of Jenin.

Mahmoud Abu Abait, 24, believed to behind Tuesday’s attempted suicide attack was traveling in a car when undercover troops shot and killed him. Security officials said Abu Abait manufactured explosive devices and was involved in a number of attacks against the Israeli army in Jenin.

The shooting came a day after police foiled an attempted suicide bombing near Tel Aviv. Islamic Jihad claimed responsibility for the attempted attack, and the bomber was from the Jenin area.

The Tel Aviv District Police set up road blocks around the city until they found the apartment where the cell was hiding. Special forces raided the apartment, arresting the bomber and several of his accomplices.

Three more Islamic Jihad operatives were arrested and one member of Hamas in the Judean region of Hebron.

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