Shin Bet Investigating Circumstances of West Bank Collision

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A general view of the West Bank settlement of Psagot near Ramallah. Jan. 27, 2014Credit: AP

The Shin Bet security service will be investigating the circumstances of a collision on Saturday evening near the entrance to the West Bank settlement of Psagot near Ramallah in which a Palestinian driver was killed and four Israelis were injured. Following the collision, a knife was found in the Palestinian's car, increasing suspicions that the driver had hostile intent.

At about 7 P.M., a Palestinian motorist from the West Bank town of Beit Lakia approached the entrance to Psagot in a car with Israeli license plates. The guard on duty is said to have asked him for identification over suspicions that something was amiss. The Palestinian driver then reportedly turned his car around and collided head-on with a vehicle coming from the other direction. He died on the spot.

The four Israeli occupants of the other vehicle were injured and taken to the Hadassah University Hospitals at Ein Karem and Mount Scopus in Jerusalem. They include a 9-year-old boy with moderate injuries and two others with light injuries, a 12-year-old boy and a woman in her 40s.

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