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November 09, 2002

Top Palestinian militant killed

Line up the virgins! Another killer terrorist sent on his way by Israel. For some 40 links to media reports of this event, see: top terrorist killed
Israeli Defense Forces were trying to arrest Iyad Swalaha, 27, when he opened fire from inside a house and threw a hand grenade, injuring two Israeli soldiers, according to Israeli military sources. The forces returned fire, killing him, according to the sources.

Palestinian security sources confirmed that Swalaha was killed by the IDF, and said he was the head of the military wing of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad in Jenin. Israel blames Swalaha for several suicide bombings.

Palestinian Islamic Jihad is a militant group dedicated to the creation of an Islamic Palestinian state and the destruction of Israel.

It was formed in the early 1980s by Fathi Shikaki, who was deported to Lebanon in 1988. Shikaki was assassinated in Malta in 1995.

The Palestinian Islamic Jihad operates out of Gaza and carries out attacks in Gaza, the West Bank and Israel.

The group has carried out military operations against Israeli soldiers and Israeli civilians.