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April 28, 2003

Israeli troops capture senior Palestinian militants

NABLUS, West Bank (April 28, 2003 6:13 a.m. EDT) - Israeli troops on Monday captured two Palestinian militants responsible for a suicide bombing in Israel last week.
The fugitives were holed up in a three-story residential building in Nablus and were caught after a gun battle and a six-hour standoff. Two soldiers were hurt.

Palestinians identified the militants as Amir Thoqan and Allam Kabi. Residents who saw them being led away said one was wounded. An AP photographer said the names of the two were written in blood on the wall of their hideout.

Thoqan is the local leader of a splinter group of the Al Aqsa Martyrs' Brigade, a militia linked to Yasser Arafat's Fatah movement, and Kabi leads the local military wing of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, a radical PLO faction.

The militias took joint responsibility for a suicide bombing at a train station in central Israel on Thursday that killed a security guard, and a shooting attack at an Israeli motorist late Sunday. The driver was lightly hurt when her car came to a sudden stop, but was not hit by gunfire.[more]