Palestinian gunmen kill one person in West Bank

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Israeli security forces inspect a car damaged during an attack by Palestinian gunmen at a checkpoint near the Israeli settlement of Maale Adumim, in the occupied West Bank (22 February 2024)Image source, Reuters

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The attackers got out of a car and fired automatic weapons at other vehicles on a highway near Maale Adumim

One person has been killed and eight have been wounded in an attack by three Palestinian gunmen on a highway near an Israeli settlement in the occupied West Bank, Israeli police say.

A statement said the "terrorists" got out of a car at a checkpoint for Maale Adumim and fired automatic weapons at several vehicles waiting there.

Police killed two attackers while the third was wounded and arrested.

There was no immediate claim from any Palestinian armed group.

There has been a surge in violence in the West Bank since the start of the war in the Gaza Strip, triggered by Hamas's deadly attacks in Israel on 7 October.

Thursday's shooting comes six days after a Palestinian man shot and killed two people at a bus stop near the southern Israeli town of Kiryat Malakhi.

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