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Israeli shooting defies cease-fire

JERUSALEM (AP) - Firing from long range
yesterday, Israeli forces shot and killed a Palestinian
militant accused of orchestrating a suicide bombing
that killed 22 people in June.
Yesterday's shooting raised Mideast tensions, but
Israel said it was prepared to scale back some securi-
ty restrictions imposed on Palestinians.
Palestinians called the death of Abed-Rahman
Hamad, a regional leader of the radical Islamic
group Hamas, a serious violation of a shaky truce,
and said the shooting was timed to undermine the
latest efforts to solidify the cease-fire. Hamas vowed
to strike back against Israel.
While Palestinians were harshly critical of Israel
in public statements, political leaders and security
officials held private talks with the Israelis on remov-
ing barriers to Palestinian movements in the West
Bank and the Gaza Strip..

Barring last-minute glitches, Israel was expected
to start lifting a number of restraints last night and
today, the Palestinians said.
Hamad was hit in the back by two bullets while
standing on his roof shortly after sunrise in Qalqilya,
along the border between Israel and the West Bank.
An Israeli official, speaking on condition of
anonymity, acknowledged Israel was responsible.
Isfaeli Prime Minister Aricl Sharon said that such
killings would continue as long as deemed necessary
"It is not the first, nor the last," he said in a speech.
Hamad, 35, knew the Israelis were after him and
rarely strayed far from his home, except to visit a
nearby mosque for prayers, acquaintances said.
He attended pre-dawn prayers yesterday and was
atop his flattop roof when he was hit by Israeli
troops about 300 yards away, according to acquain-

Shortly after the shooting, Sharon's office released
a statement saying Hamad directed the June I sui-
cide attack at a Tel Aviv disco that killed 22 people,
mostly Israeli teen-agers.
Hamad was responsible for other deadly attacks
and was organizing more, Israel said in the state-
The shooting marked a return to Israel's policy of
targeted killings. Over the past year, Israel has car-
ried out dozens of such attacks against Palestinian
militants suspected of violence against Israelis. Yes-
terday's shooting was the first since the cease-fire
was declared Sept. 26.
The United States has repeatedly condemned the
targeted killings and has been urging both sides to
show restraint as the Americans attempt to build
support for their anti-terror campaign in Arab and
Muslim countries.

Groups seek federal aid after attacks
After an initial burst of federal aid, the Bush administration and some law-
makers are tapping the brakes on taxpayer assistance to groups seeking help
after the terrorist attacks.
From hotel companies to urban water systems, scores of trade associations
and state and local governments are pleading for aid. While no one has an
authoritative tally, congressional aides estimate that the requests total tens of bil-
lions of dollars, probably more than $100 billion.
"You name the industry and it's been coming by" for help, said Sen. Kent
Conrad, (D-N.D.).
Lawmakers also have their own proposals. Sens. Joy. Kyl (R-Ariz.) and Zell
Miller (D-Ga.) want to provide $500-per-person tax credits for personal travel.
Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) wants more than $30 billion to improve highways and
other transportation systems. Sens. Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.) and Bill Frist
(R-Tenn.) are pushing $1.4 billion to prepare for bioterrorist attacks.
. Congress has approved $40 billion to repair the damage and bolster domestic
security and the military. Federal agencies have proposed more than $120 billion
in "helpful suggestions" to spend it, White. House budget director Mitchell
Daniels said last week.
BOGOTA, Colombia
Militia confesses to slayings of 60 peasants
A right-wing paramilitary army claimed responsibility yesterday for a wave of
killings in Colombia, including the murders of two congressmen and 24 unarmed
peasants. Some of the peasants killed were helping enemy leftist guerrillas and
were legitimate targets, the paramilitary United Self-Defense Forces of Colom-
bia, known as the AUC, said in a statement posted on its website yesterday.
But in a rare confession, the outlaw militia admitted that some of those slain
Wednesday in the village of Buga were "honest campesinos," and blamed a rogue
unit known as the Calima Front.
The massacre was one of several attacks that left nearly 60 people dead in
Colombia in recent days.
Eight paramilitary fighters suspected in the slayings, in which villagers were
pulled from buses and homes and then shot in the head, were arrested yesterday
in Darien, 12 miles from Buga, army spokesman Capt. Jorge Florez said.
Another 10 suspected AUC fighters were captured late Saturday in neighbor-
ing Quindio province. It wasn't clear if those men also were suspected in the
recent violence.

ST. PAUL, Minn.
Minnesota unions
agree to contract.
Leaders from the two largest state
employees unions agreed yesterday to
accept contract deals reached with the
state, ending a two-week walkout by
23,000 government workers.
Nearly half the state's employees
were idled by the strike, the largest by
state workers in Minnesota's history.
The unions represent workers ranging
from tax collectors to parole officers to
zoo staff.
They were expected to return to
their jobs this week.
The executive.directors of both
unions said they would recommend
ratification when the rank-and-file vote
on the contracts, which probably
wouldn't happen for several weeks.
"There's a lot of hard feelings," said
Lisa Maidl, a revenue collector in Ely, in
northeastern Minnesota. "I'm just going
to go in, sit at my desk and hopefully
avoid some of those people for awhile."
Nebraska school bus
crash kills 3 students
A school bus returning from a high
school band competition veered off a
road, went through a guard rail and
crashed into a gully Saturday. Three peo-
ple were killed and more than 20 were
injured, some critically, authorities said.
The victims,'two Seward High
School students and the mother of a
band membe, died at the scene, Dou-
glas County Sheriff Tim Dunning said.

"On top of everything else that's
taken place it's terrible," Dunning said.
"The worst accident I've seen in my
career. Without a doubt."
The bus, which was traveling on
U.S. 6, was on its side as rescue work-
ers tried to pull passengers out.
Seven people, five of them students,
were in critical condition two others
were listed as serious and one fair. At
least seven were treated at hospitals and
released. The conditions of the others
weren't available.
Giuliani in line for
knighing by Queen
New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani
will be given an honorary knighthood
for his leadership following the Sept. 1I
terrorist attacks in the United States,
British news reports said Saturday.
The national news agency Press
Association, attributing its story to an
unidentified source, said Queen Eliza-
beth II or her representative would
bestow the title on Giuliani in recogni-
tion of his compassion toward British
victims. Buckingham Palace could not
confirm the report because it was a mat-
ter for Prime Minister Tony Blair's gov-
ernment, which selects the people to be
honored. And Blair's 10 Downing St.
office said it was not in a position to
confirm the report.
As an honorary knight and a foreign
citizen, the mayor would not use the title
'Sir.' Knighthoods and similar honors
usually are announced twice a year - at
the New Year and in mid-June.
Compiled from Daily wire reports.

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