2 police officers shot in central Israel; one of them seriously injured
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2 police officers shot in central Israel; one of them seriously injured

Assailant fires on officers in town of Tira; law enforcement personnel close off area, search for suspects in attack which is believed to have criminal motive

Illustrative: Police at the scene of a shooting incident. February 28, 2017. (Flash90)
Illustrative: Police at the scene of a shooting incident. February 28, 2017. (Flash90)

Two police officers were shot in the central Israeli town of Tira overnight Friday-Saturday.

One of the officers was seriously injured and sent to the Rabin Medical Center in Petah Tikva for treatment. The other was lightly injured.

Acting Police Commissioner Moti Cohen called the incident “grave,” and vowed to bring the perpetrators to justice.

Police said in a statement that the shooting happened while the officers were on patrol in the area.

The officers had stopped two suspects who were walking through an agricultural area for questioning when a vehicle approached them. A man exited the vehicle, opened fire, then fled the scene, the report said.

A large number of law enforcement personnel, including a helicopter, arrived on the scene after the shooting to close off the area and search for suspects. They detained six people for questioning.

An initial investigation indicated the suspected shooter was previously known to police and sought for criminal charges.

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