Israel kills wanted Hamas leader


WASHINGTON (JTA) — Israeli commandos killed a Hamas leader wanted in connection with a series of terrorist attacks.

Abd el-Majid Dudin, the head of Hamas’ armed wing in the area near Hebron, was believed to have been behind a 1995 bus boming in Jerusalem that killed four people, and a similar attack in Ramat Gan that year in which six were murdered, according to media reports.

Dudin had served time in a Palestinian jail, but was released at the beginning of the second intifada in 2000.

The Israeli commandos, who included members of the Israeli Police and the Israel Defense Forces, found Dudin in the village of Dura and surrounded the house in which he was barricaded. Dudin opened fire, and Israeli troops shot and killed him. No Israeli troops were injured in the operation.

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