JERUSALEM (AP) — An Israeli army spokesman says two Palestinians suspected in the fatal abduction of three Israeli teens in June have been killed in a shootout with Israeli forces.
Lt. Col. Peter Lerner says the suspects were killed in the West Bank on Tuesday.
The teens’ abduction in the West Bank sparked a massive manhunt, leading to the arrest of hundreds of activists of the Islamic militant group Hamas and eventually sparking the summer war in Gaza .
The bodies of the three Israelis were found three weeks later and a suspected mastermind was arrested.
But the two main suspects believed to have abducted and killed the teens had remained fugitives.
Lerner says the two, Marwan Qawasmeh and Amer Abu Aisheh , were killed in the shootout.
Hamas had claimed responsibility for the abduction.