NABLUS - Israel Defense Forces (IDF) Special Forces arrested a senior al-Aksa Martyrs Brigade terrorist in Askar near Nablus (biblical Shechem) overnight Thursday.
In a joint operation with the Shin Bet (General Security Agency), Nasser Mahmoud Rashad Abu Kishk, 34, on the IDF's most wanted list for years, was taken into custody.
Kishk's terror history dates to the Second Intifada (armed Palestinian uprising), carried out from 2000 through 2004.
In March 2001, Kishk infiltrated the Israeli community of Yitzhar where he shot and seriously wounded Gilad Zar, a Samaria Council security officer. Two months later, Zar was killed in an attack outside the town of Kedumim.
Over the past few years, Kishk was involved in numerous shooting attacks on IDF patrols in Nablus. He also assassinated a Nablus resident suspected of collaborating with Israel.
Kishk has recently become involved in large-scale weapons dealing, as well as recruiting and planning attacks with other terrorists, some of whom are now in custody.
Sources: Haaretz, The Jerusalem Post, Ynet news