JERUSALEM — Israeli soldiers on Wednesday shot and killed the main suspect in last week's abduction of an American aid worker.
The suspect, Mohammed Ahmed abu Nasser, was slain in an encounter with Israeli troops in the Gaza Strip, a military spokesman said.
Military sources said that Israeli troops ambushed Abu Nasser near the Gaza Strip town of Beit Lahiya. Israel Television said that Abu Nasser had commandeered a taxi and that troops opened fire when he refused to stop at a military roadblock. He was armed with a pistol and two clips of bullets, the report said.
Abu Nasser was identified as the key figure in the abduction of Chris George of the Save the Children Federation, who works in the Israeli-occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip. George was seized last Thursday at his West Bank office by at least three abductors and released 29 hours later after agreeing to take with him a pro-Palestinian letter for President Bush. He had told authorities that he recognized Abu Nasser as the leader of the abductors.