Soldiers at the Kalandiya checkpoint 311 (R).
(photo credit: REUTERS/Darren Whiteside)
An ax-wielding Palestinian man was shot in the leg and lightly injured after
attempting to attack Israeli security personnel at the Kalandiya checkpoint in
the West Bank on Sunday.
Police said the suspect walked up to security
personnel from a civilian company, contracted by the Defense Ministry to man the
checkpoint, and produced the ax from a bag.
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He proceeded to run up to the
guards armed with the weapon.
A guard fired two warning shots in the air
and called on the suspect to stop the advance. The suspected failed to heed the
warning, and the security guard directed a third bullet at the man’s leg,
lightly injuring him.
The man was treated by Border Police medics on the
scene, police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said, before being taken to Hadassah
University Medical Center in stable condition.
Border Police who arrived
on the scene recovered a long commando knife in the man’s bag, Rosenfeld added.
The suspect will be questioned after being released from hospital.