IDF troops find bomb-laden car, searching for second near Jenin
IDF troops nab suspected killers of Itamar teen Eliyahu Asheri, abducted, murdered last week.
Israel Defense Forces soldiers from the Golani Brigade's elite Egoz anti-guerilla unit tracked down a bomb-laden car in the Jenin refugee camp on Tuesday morning. Militants had apparently planned to detonate the car next to IDF soldiers in the area.
The car was safely detonated by sappers and troops continued searching for a second car bomb reported to be in the Jenin area, Israel Radio reported.
The incident began when the same unit shot two Palestinian militants whom the IDF said were planting a bomb at the entrance to the city. One of the two, a 20-year-old Fatah activist was killed; the second, from Islamic Jihad, was wounded.
"A military force spotted several people placing explosives with intent to harm the soldiers, and opened fire at them," said an IDF spokeswoman.
A search of the car the two had been travelling in revealed a bomb comprising 24kg of explosives and two gas cylinders. There were no Israeli casualties during the operation.
Suspected killers of teen arrestedThree Palestinian militants wanted in connection with the abduction and killing of an Israeli youth last week surrendered to IDF troops early Tuesday morning in the West Bank city of Ramallah.
IDF soldiers surrounded a local Palestinian Authority police station where several wanted militants, including the three suspected of killing Eliyahu Asheri, had taken refuge.
The three men, Bassam Ktia, Hamze Taktouk and Hisham Kamangji, agreed to surrender to IDF troops after a three hour standoff, and were taken by Shin Bet officials for further questioning.
"We arrested three of the murderers," said one IDF source. "Forces came to the building of the Palestinian police. They called on them to come out. After a few hours they did come out. There was no shooting."
The body of Eliyahu Asheri, the 18-year-old settler from Itamar who went missing last week, was found before dawn Thursday in Ramallah. He had been shot in the head at close range.
The security forces' investigation indicates that Asheri was abducted after hitching a ride; he was then taken at gunpoint to Ramallah and murdered in the city about an hour later. One of the kidnappers has been arrested, along with several suspected accessories.