The military wing of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah party claimed responsibility Tuesday for the killing of an Israeli settler in the West Bank.
Salama Al-Zaghl stabbed the Israeli settler to death at a bus stop earlier in the day and took his gun to use it later in firing at the Israeli police and forces. The Israeli forces then injured the attacker and arrested him.
According to a statement circulated on internet and obtained by Xinhua, Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, which has been dissolved several years ago, said that the killing of the settler was a response to the death of two Palestinian prisoners inside the Israeli jails.
The group said Al-Zaghel, a former prisoner, was one of its members, warning Israel of harming the assailant.
In 2007, Abbas issued a decree to dissolve all militant groups in the West Bank, including Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, which was affiliated to his own Fatah party.
The killing was the first incident of its kind in the West Bank for more than a year and a half. Endi