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Palestinian policeman killed after shooting and injuring 3 Israeli soldiers near Ramallah

Oct. 31, 2016 5:27 P.M. (Updated: Nov. 1, 2016 7:08 P.M.)
Scene of shooting attack near illegal Beit El settlement on Jan. 31, 2016
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- A Palestinian policeman was killed by Israeli forces after he committed a shooting attack near the Ramallah-area illegal Israeli settlement of Beit El on Monday around 5 p.m.

An Israeli army spokesperson confirmed the shooting to Ma'an, saying that a Palestinian gunman opened fire at Israeli forces at the Beit El checkpoint near the entrance of Ramallah, injuring three soldiers. "In response to the immediate threat, Israeli forces fired at the assailant," killing the gunman.

The spokesperson added that the three injured soldiers were immediately evacuated to the hospital.

Sources at the Palestinian liason's office identified the slain gunman as 25-year-old Muhammad Turkman, a police officer from Jenin in the northern occupied West Bank.

According to Haaretz, Turkman committed the attack with a Kalashnikov rifle.

The newspaper added that one of the Israeli soldiers was seriously injured, while the other two were "lightly" injured. Two of the wounded were reportedly taken to the Hadassah University Hospital in Jerusalem.

Turkman was the 237th Palestinian killed by Israelis since the beginning of a wave of unrest across the occupied Palestinian territory which began in October 2015.
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