Bombmaker Shot Dead in Tul Karm; Car Bomb Found in Nablus

IDF and Border Police troops shot dead an Islamic Jihad commander and bombmaker in the West Bank city of Tulkarm before dawn Thursday, Israel Radio reported.

Mazen Yusuf Salameh, 30, a former activist of the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine (DFLP) was among the commanders of Islamic Jihad in the Tulkarm area, and was an expert in preparing explosives and suicide bomb belts.

Also on Thursday, IDF troops at the outskirts of the West Bank city of Nablus discovered a car bomb, apparently intended for use in a terror bombing within Israel. The soldiers fired a tank shell at the unoccupied vehicle, which exploded.

They later found that the car had contained an explosive device.