Manhunt Begins for Palestinian Gunman Who Killed Two Israelis

Israeli security forces search the northern West Bank after a fatal shooting attack in Barkan Industrial Park in the northern West Bank

Ashraf Walid Suleiman Na'alowa from the village of Shweika near Tulkarem entered the industrial park on Sunday morning, shooting two Israelis and severely wounding a third using a locally produced knockoff of the Swedish Carl Gustav sub-machine gun.

He held a valid work permit and had been absent from work in the days leading up to the attack, the army said.

A manager at another company in the industrial zone, Moshe Lev-Ran, suggested the attack might not have been politically motivated.

Israeli forces and police sealed off the area and are conducting searches to find the suspected Palestinian. "We know he is still armed and considered unsafe", he added.

One of the victims was identified as Kim Yehezkel, a 28-year-old mother of an infant son who worked in the office that was attacked.

Both Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman denounced the attack and said the perpetrator would be brought to justice.




Police initially suspected that the shooting may have been a revenge attack on the man's employers, but army spokesperson Lt. Col. Jonathan Conricus later called it a "terrorist attack" adding that other unspecified factors were involved.

CCTV footage showed a man carrying a rifle fleeing the scene.

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

Barkan industrial park is next to the settlement of Barkan and was established in the early 1980s. "I was very surprised by what happened; there was no sign he was planning such a thing", he was quoted by the paper as saying. Israeli intelligence fears he will attack again.

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

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