At least one dead in Palestinian shooting attack in West Bank – Israel Radio

A injured person is rushed into hospital, following an incident at the entrance to the Jewish settlement of Ariel in the occupied West Bank, in Petach Tikva, Israel March 17, 2019. REUTERS/Yossi Zeliger

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – At least one person was killed and two others were wounded in a Palestinian shooting attack in the occupied West Bank on Sunday, Israel Radio said.

The incident began when a Palestinian grabbed a weapon from an Israeli at an intersection near the Jewish settlement of Ariel and then shot him, Channel 13 television said.

The assailant then shot another Israeli, stole his car and fled, and opened fire at a bus stop at another junction, wounding a third Israeli, the report said.

In a statement, the Israeli military said shootings had occurred at the Ariel and Gitai intersections and troops were searching for the gunman.

Israel Radio said one person was shot and killed and two others were wounded in the attack, one of them critically.

Palestinians, many of them individuals without known associations with militant groups, carried out a wave of attacks in the West Bank in late 2015 and 2016, but the frequency of such incidents has since decreased.

Israel captured the West Bank in the 1967 Middle East war. Palestinians seek to establish a state there and in the Hamas-run Gaza Strip, with East Jerusalem as its capital. Israeli-Palestinian peace talks collapsed in 2014.

Reporting by Jeffrey Heller; editing by Emelia Sithole-Matarise

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