The two terrorists alleged to have murdered a 23-year-old Israeli security guard late Friday night have been named in Arab media as Samih Assi and Yahya Marei, the Arabic-language Newpress news outlet reported Saturday night.
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Both terrorists are residents of the Palestinian Authority town of Qarawa Bani Hassan, west of the Arab town of Salfit.
The Al Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades terrorist organization, a military wing of the Palestinian Authority’s leading Fatah faction headed by PA leader Mahmoud Abbas, claimed responsibility for the attack.
“We claim responsibility for the heroic operation in the colony of Ariel in which a Zionist officer was killed, in response to violations committed by the occupation government in Jerusalem,” the group said in its statement.
Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades claim responsibility for the Ariel shooting attack which killed a Zionist soldier pic.twitter.com/aCeLnvab2H
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Nevertheless, Israeli officials said the two killers did not appear to be linked to any terrorist organization.