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Terrorists apologize for killing Arab student

By Associated Press
Published March 21, 2004

JERUSALEM - A terrorist group offered an unusual apology Saturday for mistakenly killing an Arab college student in a drive-by shooting in a Jewish neighborhood, calling his family to offer their condolences and declaring him a "martyr."

The Al Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades, a group linked to Yasser Arafat's Fatah movement, said it carried out Friday's shooting, in which gunmen in a passing car shot the student twice in the head and once in the abdomen in Jerusalem. The group apologized on Saturday after it turned out the victim was George Khoury, 21, the son of a prominent Arab attorney.

Khoury was a second-year student of economics and international relations at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

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