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Al-Aqsa claims it abducted Border Policeman in West Bank
by Haaretz (reposted)
Monday Jul 17th, 2006 8:18 AM
The Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade on Sunday claimed that its operatives had abducted a Border Police officer in the West Bank. The Israel Defense Forces said it was looking into the claim.
An Israel Defense Forces soldier was killed, and six others wounded, early Monday morning when Palestinian militants detonated explosives against troops operating in the West Bank city of Nablus, the army said.

Soldiers from the Haruv infantry regiment entered the old city of Nablus to arrest a wanted militant, when a bomb was thrown at them.

One soldier was killed, one was moderately wounded and three were lightly wounded in the attack. The family of the killed soldier has received notification.

The killed soldier was identified as Osher Damari, 20, of Netanya.

The soldier's remains were initially seized by Palestinians, but Palestinian security forces returned his body to the IDF shortly after.

The Al Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades, a militant group affiliated with Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah faction, took responsibility for the attack.

The wounded soldiers were evacuated to hospital. The moderately wounded soldier is the son of GOC Central Command head Yair Naveh.

The army frequently carries out arrest operations in Nablus, a city known as a hotbed of militant activity.

An armored personnel carrier from the same regiment flipped over on Sunday just north of Nablus, lightly injuring four.

Police thwart attack on Jerusalem city center
Israel Police on Monday morning arrested a Palestinian militant in East Jerusalem en route to carry out an attack in the city.

The 25-year-old man was stopped holding a suspicious-looking bag. He admitted to police officers it held a bomb inside, and that he was on his way to carry out an attack.

Sappers who examined the bag confirmed it held a bomb weighing 4-5 kilograms, and safely detonated it.

Police officers were investigating how the Palestinian succeeded in reaching Jerusalem.