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Border Police troops come under fire near Jenin; vehicle damaged, with no injuries

Police say several Palestinian gunmen driving off-road vehicle shoot at officers in northern West Bank

Emanuel (Mannie) Fabian is The Times of Israel's military correspondent.

Illustrative: Border Police troops clash with Palestinians in the West Bank city of Jenin, on January 18, 2018. (Nasser Ishtayeh/Flash90)
Illustrative: Border Police troops clash with Palestinians in the West Bank city of Jenin, on January 18, 2018. (Nasser Ishtayeh/Flash90)

A police vehicle was damaged in a drive-by shooting attack in the northern West Bank on Saturday evening, law enforcement officials said.

An off-road vehicle with several Palestinian gunmen inside drove near Border Police officers conducting “routine security activity” near the Palestinian city of Jenin and opened fire, a police spokesperson said.

Officers returned fire, but the gunmen fled the scene, police said.

Police said no injuries were caused, but the officers’ vehicle was damaged by the gunfire.

Police and military forces began to scan the area.

This incident follows an uptick in attacks in the area in recent weeks.

On Wednesday night, shots were fired from a passing car at an Israel Defense Forces position near the northern West Bank city of Nablus.

And last Saturday night, an IDF vehicle was damaged in a shooting attack in the same area. No injuries were caused in those attacks.

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