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Israeli policemen dead in W. Bank attack

Israeli flagTwo Judea and Samaria Traffic Police officers were found shot dead in their overturned patrol car near Moshav Masua in the Jordan Valley on Sunday evening, apparently the victims of a terrorist attack.

Their patrol car crashed on Route 90 after shots were fired, apparently from a passing vehicle, causing the driver to lose control of the car.

A Magen David Adom paramedic crew, accompanied by a military doctor, was dispatched to the area and attempted to resuscitate the victims, but both were declared dead at the scene. They were not immediately identified.

The IDF sealed off the area as security forces launched widespread searches for the gunmen.

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Military sources said the attack could have been an attempt by terrorist groups to thwart a prisoner exchange between Israel and Hamas.

Security forces were first alerted to the attack at approximately 8:10 p.m., when a gunman or gunmen opened fire from short range at the police car.

Emergency responders first believed they were on the scene of a serious accident, but soon realized terrorism was involved when gunshot wounds were discovered on the victims’ bodies.

One policeman was declared dead immediately, while paramedics battled to save the second one’s life without success.

A police mobile forensics unit was en route to the scene late on Sunday as security forces attempted t o determine what occurred.

Israel Police Insp.-Gen. David Cohen was also expected to visit the site of the attack.

Source: Jerusalem Post

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