Israeli troops have killed three suspected Palestinian militants in the West Bank.

Witnesses say Israeli forces entered the town of Nablus Thursday and opened fire on a building where militants were believed to be hiding. Israel says its troops were searching for wanted militants, and shot the three men as they tried to flee.

Israel has stepped up raids aimed at militant hideouts in Palestinian cities since a suicide bomb attack earlier this month that killed five people at an Israeli shopping center.

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