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Palestinian opens fire on troops in drive-by attack, is shot

No Israelis injured in West Bank shooting; wounded gunman said to be receiving medical treatment in incident hours after car-ramming

Judah Ari Gross is The Times of Israel's military correspondent.

The Carlo-style submachine gun allegedly used by a Palestinian to carry out a drive-by shooting on IDF troops in the central West Bank on January 25, 2017. (IDF Spokesperson's Unit)
The Carlo-style submachine gun allegedly used by a Palestinian to carry out a drive-by shooting on IDF troops in the central West Bank on January 25, 2017. (IDF Spokesperson's Unit)

A Palestinian man opened fire at Israeli troops from a moving car in the central West Bank on Wednesday night, the army said. The soldiers fired back, and injured him.

No soldiers were injured in the attack, which took place outside the village of Aboud, northwest of Ramallah.

The Palestinian gunman received medical treatment on the scene, the army said.

Inside the vehicle, the soldiers found a Carlo-style submachine gun, a makeshift weapon that is prevalent in the West Bank and in the Israeli underworld.

A vehicle used in a suspected car-ramming attack at bus stop near a West Bank settlement on January 25, 2017 (screen capture: YouTube)
A vehicle used in a suspected car-ramming attack at bus stop near a West Bank settlement on January 25, 2017 (screen capture: YouTube)

The shooting attack came hours after IDF troops shot dead a Palestinian man who rammed his car into a West Bank bus stop north of Jerusalem on Wednesday evening in an apparent terror attack.

The Israeli civilians and soldiers who were standing at the bus stop were uninjured.

Upon searching the car, the soldiers found the driver to be holding a knife, the military said.

According to the army, the driver crashed his truck into the metal bollards surrounding a bus stop near the Kochav Yaakov settlement in the central West Bank, southeast of Ramallah.

Israeli troops who were stationed nearby opened fire, killing the Palestinian man.

The driver was later identified by the Palestinian health ministry as Hussein Salem Abu Ghosh, 24, from Qalandiya.

Car-ramming and knife attacks have been a fixture of a swell of deadly violence in Israel and the West Bank over the past 18 months, and sporadic attacks have persisted even as the wave of violence has somewhat subsided in recent months.

Two weeks ago, four soldiers were killed and 17 were injured in a car-ramming attack in the Armon Hanatziv neighborhood of Jerusalem when a terrorist rammed his truck into a group of people, the majority of them army cadets, who were touring the capital.

The terrorist, 28-year-old Fadi al-Qadr from Jabel Mukaber, was shot dead at the scene.

Last week, a policeman was killed after a Bedouin driver rammed into officers attempting to secure an area ahead of home demolitions in the Negev town of Umm al-Hiran. Israeli officials have maintained the incident was an intentional terror attack, but questions have been raised as to whether the driver, who was killed, was shot before speeding into the group, causing him to lose control of his vehicle.

Dov Lieber contributed to this report.

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