Israeli troops have shot dead a Palestinian militant in the West Bank. Israeli army officials say soldiers killed Mahmoud Hammad, a member of the militant group Islamic Jihad, as he tried to escape from a house in the village of Raba, close to the West Bank town of Jenin. They say the militant was carrying a weapon when he was shot. Israeli troops have carried out frequent raids in West Bank cities and towns targeting militants spearheading a four-year-old Palestinian uprising. Some information for this report provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.