A Palestinian Authority policeman was killed when unidentified gunmen attacked a
police station near Bethlehem on Tuesday night.
The victim was identified
as 23-year-old Nasser Barwish.
The attack took place in the village of
Tukua, east of Bethlehem.
Luay Zreikat, a spokesman for the Palestinian
police in Bethlehem, said he believed that the attack was linked to another
shooting incident that took place in the city on Monday.
incident, PA policeman shot and killed 30-yearold Hassan Abu Mahameed, a
fugitive wanted for murder and attempted murder.
The PA said that Abu
Mahameed was shot after he refused to obey orders to halt.
was unarmed during the incident.
A PA security official said he did not
rule out that members of Abu Mahameed’s clan were behind the attack on the
police station in Tukua.
Following the death of Abu Mahameed, members of
his clan rioted in Bethlehem and accused the PA police of killing him in cold
blood as he arrived to pick up his daughter from school.
The Abu Mahameed
clan denied responsibility for the attack on the police station and called for
bringing the perpetrators to trial.
Gen. Adnan Damiri, spokesman for the
PA security forces, said that the police know the identity of the assailants who
carried out the shooting attack on the police station.
Damiri said that
the attackers have been wanted by the PA security forces for several years.