In two separate actions yesterday, the Israel Defense Forces arrested a high ranking terrorist in the West Bank and targeted a vehicle used by terrorists in Gaza on its way to carry out an attack.
Mahmoud Damra, West Bank commander of “Force 17” was arrested yesterday by Israeli security forces at the Bir Zeit crossing north of Ramallah. Damra was recently promoted to head “Force 17” in the West Bank after heading operations in Ramallah and heading the Tanzim organization in the area. He was responsible for several terrorist attacks against Israeli targets, including the shooting in the Social Security Office in Jerusalem in 2000 that killed one and injured another; and the murder of the Kahana couple in Ofra in October 2000 in which their three children were also injured.
Damra also planned and dispatched attacks against civilian buses, as well as IDF targets during operation Defensive Shield.
In the other incident, the Israeli Air Force struck a terrorist vehicle on its way to carry out an attack against Israel in the southern Gaza Strip.
An IDF Spokesman statement said that the secondary explosions of the vehicle indicate the car was rigged with explosives.