Israeli Army Finds Rifle Used in Deadly West Bank Attack

Weapon stolen from wounded soldier also found as search continues for perpetrators of attacks thought to be the work of a single Hamas cell

Yaniv Kubovich
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Kalashnikov rifle that the Israeli military says was used in a deadly West Bank attack.
Kalashnikov rifle that the Israeli military says was used in a deadly West Bank attack. Credit: IDF Spokesperson's Unit
Yaniv Kubovich
Yaniv Kubovich

Israeli security forces located a rifle on Sunday that was used in an attack near the West Bank settlement of Givat Assaf in which two Israeli soldiers were killed, the Israeli army's spokesperson unit said.

Along with the Kalashnikov used by the attacker, the military and Shin Bet security service also found cartridges he used and a second gun, which was stolen from a soldier who was wounded in the attack.

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The military said that security forces continue to search for the perpetrators of recent attacks in the West Bank.

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The investigation into the attacks near the settlements of Ofra and Givat Assaf this past week has revealed that a single Hamas cell is responsible for both incidents.

The investigation revealed that Saleh Barghouti was the shooter in the drive-by attack at a bus stop near Ofra on Sunday, while another man drove the getaway car. Seven Israelis were wounded in the attack, including a pregnant woman, whose baby was delivered following the shooting. The baby boy, named Amiad Israel, was pronounced dead on Wednesday. Barghouti was killed by police while attempting to evade arrest on Wednesday.

It seems that another member of the group arrived on his own to Givat Assaf hours after Barghouthi was shot dead, killed soldiers Yuval Mor-Yosef and Yossi Cohen, and fled the scene with one of the soldier’s weapons. Another two people were seriously wounded in the Givat Assaf attack.

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