Palestinian policeman reported gunman in West Bank shooting of 3 Israelis

Gunman killed at scene near Ramallah.

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October 31, 2016 17:14
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Scene of West Bank shooting attack near Ramallah on October 31, 2016 (CREDIT: Magen David Adom)

Scene of West Bank shooting attack near Ramallah on October 31, 2016 (CREDIT: Magen David Adom)

 
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A Palestinian gunman wounded three soldiers who stood guard at the Focus Checkpoint that leads to Ramallah on Monday, just a short distance away from the Beit El settlement.

According to Magen David Adom paramedics, two of the soldiers were lightly wounded and one was seriously hurt. The soldiers were evacuated to Jerusalem for treatment at Hadassah Medical Center in Ein Karem.

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Security forces at the scene shot and killed Muhammed Turkman, 25, from the village of Kabatiya.

Palestinian Authority preventative security forces had raided his home hours before the attack, according to Hamas’ official news site.

Turkman was allegedly a member of the Palestinian security forces, according to media reports. Israeli authorities were attempting to confirm the report. If accurate, it would be the second time this year that a Palestinian security officer attacked that checkpoint. In January a Palestinian police officer also wounded three soldiers at the Focus Checkpoint.

Monday's incident was also the fourth terrorist attack to occur in the West Bank in three days.

On Sunday three border police officers were lightly injured in a car ramming at the Ofakim junction near the Palestinian village of Beit Umar and were transported to Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem.

According to the police spokeswoman the car sped into the officers who understood that it was an attack and were able to minimize the harm.

Other police officers at the scene shot and killed the assailant, Khalid Ahmad Alyan Akhlil 23, from Beit Ummar.

Separately, Palestinians threw stones at two vehicles near the Tekoa settlement, damaging them. A five-year-old boy traveling in the car with his father was lightly wounded in the head. He was treated at the Hadassah Medical Center in Hadassah Ein Karem.

On Saturday night, Palestinians shot an Israeli vehicle near the Carmei Tzur settlement. The driver, Ruth Gillis, saw the masked gunman and was able to speed away without injury. Her husband Shmuel was a doctor, who was killed in a driveby shooting on the same road in 2001.

Adam Rasgon contributed to this report.

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