Jerusalem - A body recovered overnight by Israeli troops in the West Bank belonged to a 18-year-old Jewish settler kidnapped by Palestinian militants, Israeli military sources confirmed on Thursday.

The sources said Eliahu Asheri was killed by a single bullet in the brain after being kidnapped by Palestinian militants in the West Bank.

His body was then buried near the village of Beitunia, not far from the West Bank political capital of Ramallah and where his body was uncovered by Israeli troops overnight.

On Wednesday, an armed Palestinian group displayed a photocopy of Asheri's identity papers and threatened to kill him unless Israel halted an offensive in the Gaza Strip launched in a bid to secure the release of a kidnapped soldier.