Police exchange fire with gunmen from Jericho attack, who flee

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

Police say the gunmen who carried out the attack near Jericho earlier set fire to their own car as they fled the area.

“We identified smoke and approached a vehicle on fire… and we realized that it was the vehicle of the terrorists,” says a police officer who was at the scene.

He says one of the gunmen aimed his gun at them, “and we immediately fired at the terrorists.”

The police officers attempted to pursue the attackers, but they fled toward the Jericho area.

Police commissioner Kobi Shabtai praises the officers for engaging the gunmen.

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