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Man killed in police raid near Jenin

April 15, 2012 4:58 P.M. (Updated: April 17, 2012 12:07 P.M.)
JENIN (Ma'an) -- A man was killed in a shoot-out with Palestinian security forces in a Jenin-district town on Sunday, a police spokesman said.

Police said they were conducting an arrest raid in Bir al-Basha when they came under fire. Amthal Ghannam Fayiz Ghawadrah, who was wanted by police, was hit and died of wounds in hospital, a press statement said.

Muammar Murshid Fayiz Ghawadrah and Shadi Murshid Ghawadrah were detained in the operation, which police said was the culmination of years of tracking down a group of seven wanted-men in the town.

The group were convicted in absentia by a Palestinian court of two murders in the town in the early 2000s, Jenin police spokesman Mujahid Rabiya said.

Police had launched numerous raids to detain the men, but problems with security coordination kept the fugitives out of reach, he said. Bir al-Basha lies in an area of the northern West Bank under Israeli security control.

Israeli authorities gave coordination for Sunday's raid, Rabiya added.

Amthal, in his 30s, was found to be in possession of a M-16 rifle, Jenin Governor Qaddura Mousa said.

The Governor called his death "regrettable" but blamed the killing on Palestinian security officers coming under surprise fire.

No police officers were wounded in the incident, Rabiya said, adding that forces would continue to hunt for the remaining fugitives in the group.
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