Israeli troops kill top Islamic Jihad militant in West Bank

NABLUS, West Bank – The military says Israeli troops on an arrest raid in the West Bank have killed a top Islamic Jihad militant.

The military says it killed Ala a-din Abu Rop, the 21-year-old militant commander in the northern West Bank village of Qabatiya.

Abu Rop’s brother says he had been arrested in the past and has been wanted for the past year and a half. He said troops barged into their home and shot his brother while he was sitting at a computer.

The military says it arrived in the home early Thursday to find Abu Rop fully armed and that a search of the home revealed weapons and ammunition. It added that Abu Rop was currently planning attacks against Israel.

The Israeli army frequently carries out arrest raids against militants in the West Bank.

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