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2 Terrorists Killed, 3 Captured in Gun Battle Near Jordanian Border

Israeli forces killed two terrorists and captured three today in a brief gun battle in an olive grove near Kibbutz Ashdod Yaacov about three miles from the Jordanian border south of the Sea of Galilee. One of the captured terrorists was wounded. A military spokesman said the infiltrators, probably from Jordan, were pursued by an Israeli unit that picked up their trail leading from the Jordan River.

They are believed to have been on a terrorist mission intended to coincide with U.S. Secretary of State Cyrus Vance’s current trip to the Middle East to find a basis for resuming Arab-Israeli peace talks. The Israel forces captured Russian-made Kalachnikov automatic rifles, hand grenades, food and medical supplies. Today’s incident was the first in many months involving terrorist infiltrators from Jordan.