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Arsonists hit slain woman's family business

CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico — Relatives of an anti-crime crusader who was gunned down this week outside a Mexican state governor's office had their family business burned down Saturday by unknown arsonists, firefighters reported.

The blaze that consumed the lumber operation in Ciudad Juarez, across the border from El Paso, Texas, was apparently set intentionally, the local fire department said in a statement.

The business belongs to the family of Jose Monge, the husband of Marisela Escobedo Ortiz, who waged a two-year battle to bring her 17-year-old daughter's killer to justice before she herself was shot to death.

State prosecutors had not received a formal complaint about the fire and did not say whether it was believed to be related to Escobedo's murder.

Israeli planes bomb militants in Gaza Strip

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — An Israeli airstrike has killed five Gaza militants in the deadliest attack against the coastal strip in months.

The Israeli military says the men were about to launch a rocket attack against southern Israeli communities when they were struck. Palestinian officials confirmed the five dead were militants. There were no further details immediately available about their identities.

Israel has for years routinely targeted rocket launchers from Gaza. Such incidents, however, have been scaled back dramatically in the two years since the Israel-Hamas war in Gaza concluded.

Hamas controls the Gaza Strip, while the rival Palestinian Authority governs the West Bank.

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