On Saturday, for the second time in four days, Israeli troops identified terrorists who were in the process of planting a bomb near the Gaza border fence.
This time, the Golani infantry Brigade opened fire on the armed men and killed two of them.
The armed men were identified drawing near the border fence to the north of the Karni crossing, not far from Kibbutz Kfar Azza.
The soldiers who were dispatched to the scene crossed the border and charged the terrorists. After the incident was over, the troops found the bomb the terrorists had been planning to plant and, in searches of the area, found a pistol, a wire cutter and barbed wire.
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One of the terrorists who were killed was identified as Jamil Koufa, a 22-year-old Islamic Jihad terrorist who was involved in the planning and execution of past terror attacks.
According to Israeli intelligence sources, he planted a bomb in March 2008 that killed two Israeli soldiers. Last January, he was involved in killing a Bedouin tracker leading an Israeli Army patrol.
In Israel, the Bedouins who are citizens of Israel are conscripted to full Israeli army service. Israeli Arabs, by contrast, are exempt from compulsory Israeli army service.
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