Former Member of Jewish Underground, Wife Wounded in West Bank Shooting Attack

Shaul Nir served seven years of a life sentence after being found guilty of a 1983 shooting and hand grenade attack on the Islamic College of Hebron, which killed three students and wounded 33.

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Chaim Levinson
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A former member of the Jewish Underground and his wife were wounded Wednesday evening in a shooting attack in the West Bank, only hours after two others were wounded in a stabbing attack in Hebron.

Shaul Nir was found guilty of perpetrating a 1983 shooting and hand grenade attack on the Islamic College of Hebron, which killed three students and wounded 33. After being sentenced to life in prison for their roles in the attack and attempted assassinations of Palestinian officials, President Chaim Herzog commuted his sentence and ordered his release in 1990, after serving less than seven years.

He sustained serious injuries in the attack, his wife Racheli Nir sustained light injuries. The two were on their way to visit their daughter, who lives in the West Bank settlement Avnei Hefetz.

The gunmen fled the scene.

The incident came after a soldier and a civilian were wounded in a stabbing attack in Hebron early on Wednesday afternoon. The assailant was shot and killed.

One of the wounded in the Hebron attack is the son of former Knesset member Orit Strock (Bayit Yehudi). The assailant was identified as Abad a-Rachman Yusori Maswada, the cousin of Ihav Maswada, who stabbed a man in his 40s on Monday in Hebron.

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