HEVRON - Israeli troops killed two known members of the Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of Hamas, in a joint operation overnight in Hevron.
Nashat al-Karmi, 33, and Mamun Natashe, 24, took part in a drive-by shooting on August 31 in which four Israelis, including a pregnant woman, were shot dead at point blank range.
Both men had served time in Israeli prisons for terror-related activities.
The Israel Defense Forces, Border Police and the Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) joined forces in the operation, the IDF Spokesperson's Office said in a press release on Friday.
"In addition [to the two terrorists who were killed], six other terror suspects were arrested and transferred to the custody of security forces and a number of AK-47 assault rifles were discovered," the Spokesperson's Office said.
Hamas wasted no time threatening retaliation.
"This cowardly act calls for a response in an appropriate manner, place and time," said Abu Obaida, a spokesman for the Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades.
Click here to read a military communiqué issued on Friday by Hamas' military wing.
Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak lauded the successful operation.
"The actions in Hevron are a rapid response to the murder of four Israelis in August of this year near Kiryat Arba," Barak said.
"The IDF and security forces will continue to work everywhere with uncompromising determination against terror organizations to ensure continued peace in Judea and Samaria [the West Bank]," he said.