Undercover Border Police killed three Islamic Jihad terrorists Wednesday morning, including Ashraf Sa’adi, commander of the group. The other gunmen were Mahmoud Abu Nasa and Daoud Jabli.
The killings come days after Israeli troops began a large-scale operation in the Samarian town of Nablus on Sunday in an attempt to dismantle terrorist infrastructures.
Palestinian witnesses claimed shots were fired at a car, killing the two operatives immediately. Sa’adi attempted to escape, but was shot down when he tried to run from the car.
Islamic Jihad's spokesman for its terrorist wing in the Gaza Strip, Abu Ahmad warned Israel that it would retaliate.
“This new crime will not pass without tough punishment,” he said. “Their blood will be the fuel of our holy battle. And our reaction is coming soon.”
Troops rolled into Nablus on Sunday morning, confining nearly 50,000 Palestinians to their homes as they destroyed explosive factories used to carry out attacks against Israel. Five Palestinians have been arrested and soldiers continuing to look for wanted terrorists.