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A top Islamic Jihad commander was killed by IDF special forces in the northern West Bank town of Kabatiya overnight Wednesday.
Security officials said Ala Abu Rob, described as the organization's commander in the town, had in recent months attempted to carry out terror attacks in Israel. He was also responsible for several past attacks.
The army said troops entered Abu Rob's home and when they spotted that he was armed, shot and killed him. They then found several ammunition clips and an explosive device in the house.
Abu Rob's brother said the 21-year-old 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 army had arrested most of Abu Rob's subordinates in recent weeks.