JERUSALEM (Feb. 24)
The murder of an Israeli security guard by a masked assailant Monday morning in the West Bank town of Jenin has convinced Israeli authorities that something must be done to crack down on terrorism there.
Defense Minister Moshe Arens described Jenin as a center from which Arab terrorists set out on murderous missions.
The name of the victim was not immediately released. He was standing guard over an oil tank truck while the driver was in a store getting paid for a delivery. A masked man approached, shot him to death at close range and escaped with the guard’s Uzi submachine gun.
Jenin has served as the base for several terrorist attacks in recent months. Despite recent arrests, a terrorist cell called the Black Panthers continues to be active in town.