The Al Quds Brigades, the military wing of the Islamic Jihad, reported on Sunday evening that one of its leaders in the West Bank city of Nablus survived an assassination attempt after Israeli soldiers ambushed him in an area located between Balata and Askar refugee camps.
The Brigades stated that the leader, nicknamed Abu Khaleel, "was on a mission" when the soldiers ambushed him and attempted to assassinate him. Abu Khaleel was apparently unharmed.
This is the second assassination attempt carried out by the army against Abu Khaleel after the Tel Aviv suicide bombing carried out on Thursday, January 19, 2006. The bomber, Sami Antar, 20, from Balata refugee camp in Nablus, was the only fatality.
The Brigades vowed retaliation, more attacks and bombings, adding that it would fire homemade shells at Israeli targets.
The latest assassination carried out by the army targeted Nidal Abu Saada, 28, and three of the leaders of the Al Quds Brigades, the military wing of Islamic Jihad. Abu Saada was the head of the Brigades in the West Bank.
The assassination was carried out on January 2, 2006.