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Israel says arrests Palestinian suspect in deadly shootings

AFP  |  Jerusalem 

Israeli forces arrested overnight a Palestinian accused of shooting dead two soldiers in the occupied last month and involvement in another attack that caused a baby's death, authorities said Tuesday.

is accused of shooting the soldiers at a bus stop near the Givat Assaf settlement in the area on December 13, police said.

At least two other people - including another soldier - were wounded, the said at the time.

Israel's domestic security service, the Shin Bet, also accused him of involvement along with his brother in another shooting attack nearby, close to the Ofra settlement, that caused the death of a baby and wounded seven.

In the December 9 shooting, a pregnant woman was seriously wounded and her baby was born prematurely and later died.

Barghouti's brother, Salah, 29, was killed during an arrest raid on December 12.

The armed wing of Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas, which has fought three wars with since 2008, had claimed as one of its "fighters." The attacks boosted tensions and led to Israeli raids in parts of the West Bank, including in Ramallah, where Palestinian has his base, triggering Palestinian protests.

Israeli on saluted the arrest of a "vile terrorist".

Jewish settlers and their right-wing supporters had held angry demonstrations over the December attacks.

was arrested at the home of an alleged accomplice in the village of Abu Shukheidim near and was allegedly preparing more attacks, the said.

An AK-47 rifle, and ammunition were seized during his arrest, according to the

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First Published: Tue, January 08 2019. 15:00 IST