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Five Israelis killed in terror attack

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Israeli helicopters fired on targets in Gaza after a suspected Palestinian gunman attacked a kibbutz in northern Israel killing five people (November 11)
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JERUSALEM (CNN) -- A suspected Palestinian gunman attacked a kibbutz in northern Israel late Sunday and killed five people, Israeli military radio reported. Others may be wounded, the radio reports said.

Police and army officials rushed to the scene at Kibbutz Metzer, a collective village near the West Bank border, but did not find the gunman, the reports said.

Shortly after the attack, two Israel Apache helicopters fired on a target in central Gaza City, Palestinian sources said.

The helicopters fired at least four missiles, apparently targeting a workshop near Palestine Square, in part of the old city, the sources said. They said the attack began at about 1:45 a.m. (6:45 p.m. Sunday ET).

Kibbutz Metzer is near the site of an incident earlier Sunday in which a car exploded when Israeli police ordered it to pull over.

Israeli police said the two people in the car "were evidently two Palestinian suicide bombers." The blast killed only the two suspected terrorists.

Top Palestinian militant killed

Israeli forces shot and killed a top Islamic militant early Saturday after he opened fire on them in the old city of Jenin, according to Israeli and Palestinian sources.

The Israel Defense Forces were trying to arrest Iyad Sawalcha, 28, when he opened fire from inside a house and threw a hand grenade that injured two Israeli soldiers, according to Israeli military sources. The forces returned fire and killed him, the sources said.

Palestinian security sources confirmed Sawalcha was killed by the IDF and said he was the head of the military wing of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad in Jenin.

Palestinian Islamic Jihad is a militant group dedicated to the creation of an Islamic Palestinian state and the destruction of Israel. The group has carried out attacks against Israeli soldiers and civilians. The U.S. Department of State lists it as a terrorist organization.

Ha'aretz, an Israeli daily newspaper, reported Saturday the IDF believed Sawalcha was responsible for several deadly terror attacks -- including suicide bombings at Karkur and Megido junctions in northern Israel earlier this year that left 31 Israelis dead and 89 wounded.



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