Two police officers down, DOA after a shooting attack in W. Bank

Posted: March 15, 2009 by Jonathan Boyko in Israel, Terrorism, West Bank

Fatah gunmanAccording to reports coming in from news agencies, gunmen driving from an opposing direction shot two police officers, patrolling near the village of Masua. Israeli Police force still investigates the attack:

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 nationalistic motive,” police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said.

No Palestinian group claimed responsibility for the shooting.

Unfortunately, it seems, no action will be taken in response, as such response would boost support for Hamas in the West Bank. Instead, Israeli government prefers to help the popularity of “moderate” Holocaust denier, Mahmoud Abbas.

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