The commander of the Islamic Jihad in Nablus, Raad Abu el-Adas was killed Thursday night by IDF forces operating in the West Bank city.
Palestinian sources said the soldiers encircled a building in which the 34-year-old el-Adas was hiding with another Jihad member. The troops then burst into the building and killed the commander. The second Jihad member was wounded from the gunfire and then apprehended.
The army said the soldiers called on the wanted Palestinians to turn themselves in before opening fire at the Jihad commander as he was attempting to escape through a window. It was also reported that a rifle and pistol were later found during a search of the structure.
According to Palestinian sources, the IDF’s operation in the area is continuing.
On Wednesday security forces arrested a Palestinian who was behind the planting of a bomb that caused the death of three IDF soldiers in February 2002. He was arrested by the Shin Bet and the police 10 days ago. The man, Nahed Akra, a Popular Resistance Committees member, also admitted to having taken part in other attacks against IDF soldiers in the Gaza Strip.
Efrat Weiss contributed to the report