Palestinian Bus Bomber Killed Resisting Arrest

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JERUSALEM, Israel -- Islamic Jihad operative Mohammed Assi, who helped plan a terror attack on a Tel Aviv bus last year, died resisting arrest in the Arab village of Bil'in Tuesday morning.

After soldiers arrested a member of his cell, Assi fled to a cave, opening fire on troops from there and refusing to be taken in for questioning.

According to an Israel Radio report, someone fired an anti-tank missile at the soldiers as they called on the suspect to surrender. After a prolonged exchange of gunfire, he was killed in the crossfire.

Last Thursday, Israeli troops shot dead a Palestinian Arab who drove a bulldozer through the fence at an IDF base near Ramallah, at first trying to run over the soldier guarding the entrance.

When he didn't succeed, he began ramming into vehicles in his path before being shot and critically wounded. He died of his wounds a short time later.

The IDF identified him as Younis Obaidi, a resident of the Jerusalem neighborhood of Beit Hanina, who literally followed in his brother's footsteps. In March 2009, his brother, Miri Rdeideh, was shot dead after attempting to run over two policemen in a patrol car in Jerusalem with a bulldozer.

In July 2008, an Israeli Arab from the east Jerusalem neighborhood of Sur Bahir killed three Israelis and injured dozens in a bulldozer attack on a crowded Jerusalem street -- the first of its kind at the time.

Less than a month later, a second resident of the same neighborhood went on a bulldozer rampage in Jerusalem, injuring more than 20 people.

Israeli Arabs carry a national identity card that gives them free access to all of Israel. Many work in the construction sector, often driving bulldozers and other construction equipment. Last week's attack on the IDF base is the first such attack in recent years.

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