Israeli soldiers kill suspected militant

Story highlights

  • The death takes place during a gun battle
  • Military says the man was behind a bus bombing last year

Israeli troops shot dead a Palestinian man suspected of being a member of the radical Islamic Jihad movement.

The death occurred Tuesday during a gun battle in Bilin near the West Bank city of Ramallah, the military said.

The Palestinian man was hiding inside a cave, military spokesman Avichay Adraee said.

Adraee identified him as Mohammed Assi, and said he was behind an attack in 2012 when a bus was bombed by an Arab-Israeli. Twenty four people were injured in that attack.

WAFA, the official news agency of the Palestinian Authority, said a man was killed and a "number of citizens" injured in clashes between soldiers and young men.