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Palestinian kills two Israelis in West Bank shooting: army

AFP  |  Barkan Industrial Zone (Palestinian Territories) 

A Palestinian shot dead two Israelis and wounded another at a settlement's industrial zone on Sunday as security forces hunted the suspected assailant who also worked at the site, the said.

Since the attack was allegedly carried out by a Palestinian employed at the industrial zone in the occupied West Bank, questions were raised over whether he knew the victims and over the motivation behind the shooting.

called it a "terrorist attack" but added that other unspecified factors were involved.

The 23-year-old Palestinian used a homemade gun, known locally as a "Carlo", according to Conricus, in the apparent "lone-wolf attack".

Security forces were searching for the suspected perpetrator, Conricus said. that appeared to show the Palestinian fleeing the site with a gun.

Magen emergency medical services said their medics had entered a building at where they found a man and woman, both without a pulse, and pronounced them dead.

"Later we found another injured woman hiding under a table with gunshot wounds in her upper body," said Tomer Fine, who was the first responder at the site.

The woman, 54, was taken to hospital, where her condition was stabilised.

Speaking at Israel's weekly cabinet meeting, called the shooting "a very severe terror attack".

He was certain the perpetrator would be caught and brought to justice.

The militant group called the attack a "natural response" to Israeli crimes in Gaza, and Khan al-Ahmar, a Bedouin village in the slated for demolition.

The industrial zone is located next to the Israeli settlement and near the settlement of in the north of the

Palestinians work side by side with Israelis in the industrial zone.

Palestinians often face tough choices in finding employment in the economically struggling West Bank and jobs in Israeli settlements can provide steady income.

Speaking at Barkan, Yossi Dagan, of a regional council for Israeli settlements in the area, said there were "Jewish and Palestinian workers standing outside together and crying".

Some Israeli media reported the Palestinian suspect had been recently fired from his job at the site, raising speculation the attack may have been motivated by a personal vendetta.

The army, however, said the alleged shooter was still employed at the site as of Sunday, but noted he had been away from work in recent days.

The attack took place at the of the Alon Group, which manufactures recycling and environmental products, according to Eran Bodankin, a

Speaking with Channel 10 television, Bodankin said the suspect had entered the offices to fix an electrical problem, only to open fire at a sitting nearby.

A wave of Palestinian attacks against Israelis broke out in 2015, but they have since become sporadic.

Last month, a Palestinian teenager stabbed an Israeli to death at a junction at the entrance to a large bloc of Israeli settlements in the West Bank near

A number of attacks have occurred at that location, the Gush Etzion Junction. settlements are considered illegal under international law and major stumbling blocks to peace as they are built on land the Palestinians see as part of their future state.

Israeli leaders blame Palestinian violence, "incitement" and intransigence for the lack of progress in peace efforts.

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First Published: Sun, October 07 2018. 17:55 IST