Two Israeli Police Killed in Shooting Attack



Two Israeli police officers were killed this evening from gunshots wounds sustained while on patrol near the settlement of Masu’a, in the northern West Bank. Both victims were found in their vehicle suffering from critical gunshot wounds. One was pronounced dead by medics shortly after discovered, and the other succumbed to his wounds following resuscitation efforts. Police and rescue services were notified shortly after 8 p.m. of an apparent car accident near the Masu’a settlement and of a shooting attack in the same area. Officers who arrived on the scene found the overturned patrol car and the victims inside.

An Israel Police spokesman said the circumstances of the incident were still being investigated, although the main line of inquiry being pursued was that the two had been shot by one or more Palestinian gunmen.

According to an initial investigation, militants opened fire on the patrol car, causing the officers to lose control of the vehicle.

“The two had been killed by gunshots and the main suspicion points to a nationalistic motive,” police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said.

Masu’a is located in the Jordan Valley, just southeast of Nablus and near the major West Bank settlement of Ariel.

Two police officers were lightly wounded in Yerushalayim 10 days ago when an Arab bulldozer driver overturned their vehicle and rammed it into a bus, before being shot by police and a taxi driver. The attacker later died of his wounds.

In January, a 34-year-old resident of the West Bank settlement of Kochav Hashahar was seriously wounded when a gunman opened fire on his car on the highway near the settlement. Moshe Avitan, who was driving at the time, suffered wounds to his face from the shooting.

{Haaretz/Army Radio/ Newscenter}


  1. Dontcha know that these precious Jewish souls were killed by “moderate” Palestinians in the “West Bank” where we have sincere negotiating partners for piece (spelling intentional). Sickening. Abbas is just Arafat with a better tailor.