Man wounded in shooting attack is ex-member of Jewish terror cell
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Man wounded in shooting attack is ex-member of Jewish terror cell

Shaul Nir was convicted in 1983 for deadly attack on Hebron college and membership in ‘Jewish Underground’ group

A crashed car on the side of the road after being shot at near the West Bank settlement of Avnei Hefetz on December 9, 2015. (Photo by Magen David Adom)
A crashed car on the side of the road after being shot at near the West Bank settlement of Avnei Hefetz on December 9, 2015. (Photo by Magen David Adom)

A man wounded in a shooting terror attack Wednesday was identified by authorities as Shaul Nir, one of the activists in the Jewish Underground, a Jewish terror group active in the 1980s.

Nir was listed in moderate to serious condition and his wife Rachel as lightly wounded after they were targeted by a drive-by shooting near the West Bank settlement of Avnei Hefetz, which lies southeast of Tulkarem.

The IDF placed a complete lockdown on the Nur a-Shams refugee camp in an effort to catch the shooters. According to Channel 2, soldiers were confronting rioters near the exits from the camp late Wednesday.

The Nir couple, in their sixties, were traveling on Route 55. Their car was hit by around 20 bullets, causing the driver to lose control of the vehicle and crash. One bullet was said to have pierced Nir’s skull, but he was not in life-threatening condition. Magen David Adom paramedics arrived at the scene and gave the couple preliminary treatment before evacuating them to Beilinson Hospital in Petah Tikva.

Nir was convicted and jailed for his role in a 1983 shooting attack at the Islamic College in Hebron that left three students dead, and for membership in the Jewish terror group. The Jewish Underground was disbanded in 1986 after the Shin Bet intercepted an attempt by the group’s members to firebomb five Arab buses in East Jerusalem. Fifteen members of the group, which numbered 29 in all, were convicted and served prison terms.

Nir was given a life sentence, but was pardoned by President Chaim Herzog in 1990 after serving seven years.

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