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Israel Defense Forces troops prevented a terrorist attack in the Negev on Saturday morning when they killed four Palestinians carrying Kalashnikov rifles who had crossed the Israeli border with Gaza near the Nahal Oz area, in the western Negev.

The military factions of Hamas and Al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades, a group affiliated with Palestinian Authority chairman Yasser Arafat's Fatah, later claimed responsibility for the planned suicide attack.

The militants had crossed a security fence under a thick fog. Their infiltration triggered the fence's alarm system, and security forces were rushed to the area.

The group was located some 400 meters inside Israel's territory. The terrorists exchanged fire with soldiers and border policemen in the area and were shot and killed by the troops.

The same battalion which prevented the Negev attack has killed three other militants in the area in the past ten days.