3 Palestinians carry out shooting, car-ramming attacks, shot dead: Army

Three Palestinians carried out two attacks -- a shooting and a car-ramming -- on Israelis in the southern occupied West Bank on Monday before they were shot dead, the Israeli army said.

AFP| Last Updated: Mar 14, 2016, 12:47 PM IST

Jerusalem: Three Palestinians carried out two attacks -- a shooting and a car-ramming -- on Israelis in the southern occupied West Bank on Monday before they were shot dead, the Israeli army said.

"Two assailants opened fire at pedestrians waiting at a bus stop at the entrance of Kiryat Arba (near Hebron). Forces guarding the area responded and shot the assailants, resulting in their deaths," a military statement read. 

"Moments later, in an additional attack, a vehicle rammed into a military vehicle responding at the scene. Forces responded to the immediate danger and shot the assailant, resulting in his death."

The army said a soldier was wounded in the shooting attack, and two others lightly wounded in the car-ramming.

A military spokeswoman said the assailants used a pistol and a submachine gun. 

Israeli security forces have noted an recent surge in shooting attacks in Jerusalem and the West Bank following five-and-a-half months of Palestinian attacks. 

Since October 1, a wave of violence has killed 191 Palestinians, 28 Israelis, two Americans, an Eritrean and a Sudanese, according to an AFP count.

Most of the Palestinians were killed while carrying out knife, gun or car-ramming attacks, while others were killed in clashes with Israeli security forces.