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

17:00 Oct 31 2016 Beth El settlement checkpoint near entrance to Ramallah

Palestinian policeman killed after shooting and injuring 3 Israeli soldiers near Ramallah Palestinian policeman killed after shooting and injuring 3 Israeli soldiers near Ramallah
For Illustration purposes: Scene of shooting attack near illegal Beit El settlement on Jan. 31, 2016. Published by Maan News

The scene of the West Bank shooting attack, October 31, 2016. Credit: Magen David Adom emergency responders.
Published by Haaretz

RAMALLAH (Mana) -- 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 5pm.

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.

This is a developing story.

Palestinian assailant, reported to be a Palestinian security official, shot and killed at the scene.

by Yotam Berger, Gili Cohen and Jack Khoury for Haaretz
Oct 31, 2016 10:38 PM

Three Israeli soldiers were wounded, one moderately and two lightly, in a shooting attack at a checkpoint close to the West Bank settlement of Beit El on Monday. 

The Palestinian assailant, armed with a Kalashnikov rifle, was shot and killed at the scene. Israel's Shin Bet security service identified the assailant as Mohammad Turkamen, a 25-year-old from Kabatia, who worked as a security guard for a government office. Palestinian media reported that he was a Palestinian police officer.

Palestinian intelligence sources said they were investigating whether Turkamen may have carried out the attack as revenge after security agents searched his house on Monday, suspecting he may be concealing weapons and ammunition that he did not need for his police work.

Turkamen's family told him about the search while he was at work in Ramallah, and perhaps out of anger or frustration he decided to carry out an attack in response, the sources said.

Acquaintances of Turkamen's said he worked as a security officer in Mahmoud Abbas' presidential guard and that he would visit home every weekend. Mosques in Kabatia announced his death over their speakers Monday evening, calling him a hero in the Palestinian's national struggle.

A Palestinian security spokesman, Adnan al-Damiri, told Haaretz that they had no accurate or reliable information regarding the incident. "At the moment everything we're hearing is from Israeli sources," he said. "We haven't received an official report. The body and the weapon are still being held by Israel."
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