Palestinians tried to assassinate Knesset member

Thursday, April 26, 2007 |  by Staff Writer
A terrorist cell affiliated with Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah movement has revealed that it attempted to assassinate an Israeli Knesset member earlier this year, but instead killed a well-known doctor by mistake.

In a statement released to the press on Wednesday, the cell, calling itself the "Buraq Army," claimed credit for the February 6 shooting of Dr. David Niv, former director of the pain clinic at Ichilov Hospital in Tel Aviv.

The Buraq Army said that it had been monitoring an unnamed Knesset member who lives in the same area as Niv for a month prior to the assassination attempt.

On the fateful morning, a terrorist gunman opened fire with a silencer-equipped rifle at the car he believed to be that of his intended victim.

Police found Niv several hours later sitting in his car, which had veered off a highway near his home. He had numerous bullet wounds in his upper body.

At the time, investigators were unable to determine the motivation behind the murder.

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