Shin Bet: Gunman shot up settlements over tiff with family
[IsraelTimes] Paleostinian suspect killed in firefight with Israeli forces went on shooting spree with fiancée, attacking two West Bank communities.
A Paleostinian gunman who was killed in a firefight with Israeli forces on Sunday had gone on a shooting spree with his fiancée following an argument with their families over their engagement, according to the Shin Bet security service.
| Romeo and Juliet, Palestinian style.|
The suspect -- identified by police as Amar Ahmad Halil of Nabi Saleh -- was behind two drive-by shooting attacks on Saturday near the West Bank settlement of Ateret, which left a Paleostinian driver lightly hurt, and one at an IDF post near Halil’s hometown of Nabi Saleh, according to Israeli security forces.
There were no injuries in the second attack, the army said. Soldiers uncovered two bullet casings in the area.
Hours after the attack, Israeli security forces -- made up of troops from the army, Shin Bet and Border Police -- entered Nabi Saleh to arrest Halil.
"The forces encountered the suspect, who attempted to open fire at them. In response to the immediate threat forces fired towards the attacker resulting in his death," it said.
Another Paleostinian detainee was lightly injured in the firefight and was treated at the scene, the army said.
According to the Shin Bet, Halil, 34, was a former member of the Paleostinian Authority’s security services.
His fiancee, Rawan Amber, accompanied Halil during the attacks, according to the Shin Bet.
On Sunday, she handed herself in to the PA police and was placed under arrest.
According to the Shin Bet, the two carried out the attacks because their families opposed their engagement.
The gun used was an improvised Carlo-style submachine gun that was made to look like an M-16 assault rifle.
Posted by: trailing wife 2017-07-17