Israeli police officer killed in shooting attack
The Associated Press
Monday, June 14, 2010; 3:51 PM
JERUSALEM -- Palestinian gunmen opened fire on a police vehicle in the
West Bank on Monday, killing an Israeli police officer and wounding two
others, police said, in a rare flare-up of violence after months of
Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said the incident occurred near
Hebron, a volatile city in the southern West Bank where hardline Jewish
settlers live in fortified enclaves amid tens of thousands of
There was no claim of responsibility. But Rosenfeld said police were
treating the incident as an attack by Palestinian militants, and were
searching the area for suspects.
Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad denounced the attack and said
his government would work to prevent such incidents. "Experience has
shown that violence harms the Palestinian national cause," he said in a
Israeli vehicles had been frequently targeted by Palestinian militants
in West Bank drive-by shooting attacks, but such attacks have
diminished considerably in recent years.
Thanks to the relative calm and increased security coordination with
the Palestinians, Israel has eased many travel restrictions on
Palestinians in the West Bank.
The last fatal West Bank shooting attack took place in December, when a
40-year-old rabbi was shot in the head. In March 2009, two police
officers were killed in a shooting attack. Their killers have never