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Israeli Soldier Killed in West Bank by Ex-Colleage

An Israeli soldier was lured to the West Bank and murdered by a former colleague who plotted to trade his victim’s body for the release of his imprisoned brother, Israeli security forces said.

Nadal Amar, 42, who had previously worked with the soldier in a restaurant, confessed to the murder and said he had hidden the body in a water well, the Israeli Defense Forces said in an e-mailed statement.

“In his investigation Nadal added that the motive for murdering the soldier was to trade his body for his brother’s release - Nur Al Din Amer, a Tanzim Fatah operative imprisoned since 2003 for his involvement in several terror attacks,” the IDF said in the e-mailed statement.

Earlier this year, an Israeli man was killed at a road junction in the northern West Bank by a Palestinian man who stabbed the victim, then grabbed his pistol and shot him with it. That death was the first time in more than a year that an Israeli was killed in the West Bank.

Three Palestinians, including a 17-year-old, were shot dead by Israeli security forces in August during an arrest raid inside a West Bank refugee camp near Ramallah.

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