Wednesday, March 05, 2008

"Moderate" Fatah Gunmen Ambush Israeli in Sham Business Deal

The Aksa Martyrs Brigades, a militia affiliated with the "moderate" Fatah, has taken credit for the wounding of an Israeli man and the killing of an Arab in a shooting ambush set up by a sham business deal. The shooting occurred in the West Bank village of Idna, near Hebron. The terrorist group said that the Israeli man, who was lured into the Palestinian Authority-controlled Area B to conduct business with a local Arab, had in fact been targeted by the terrorists. The Israeli was sitting in his car with Muhammad Nufal when gunmen opened fire at them from a passing car. Nufal was killed, but the Israeli, who sustained a wound to his stomach, drove himself to the nearby Tarkumiya checkpoint. Some two hours after the incident, the Fatah-affiliated Aksa Martyrs Brigades claimed responsibility for the shooting. The Palestinian news agency Ma'an said the Aksa Brigades issued a statement in which it said that the "business deal" had been a trap. It was not reported whether the Arab victim, Nufal, was a participant in the ambush, an unknowing dupe, or an innocent victim.


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