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Three Palestinians shot dead after killing Israeli officer
June 16, 2017 / 6:25 PM / 2 months ago

Three Palestinians shot dead after killing Israeli officer

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli security forces shot dead three Palestinians who carried out shooting and stabbing attacks in which an Israeli border policewoman was killed in Jerusalem on Friday, police said.

Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attacks, the group's Amaq news agency said.

The attacks occurred simultaneously in two areas near the Damascus gate of Jerusalem's walled old city.

At one scene, two Palestinians were shot dead after opening fire at and trying to stab a group of Israeli police officers, police said. At the other, a Palestinian fatally stabbed a border policewoman before being shot dead by police.

A second Israeli officer was also injured in the attacks.

A wave of Palestinian street attacks began in October 2015 but has since slowed. Israel blames the violence on incitement by the Palestinian leadership.

The Palestinian Authority, which exercises limited self-rule in the West Bank, denies that and says assailants have acted out of frustration over Israeli occupation of land sought by Palestinians in peace talks that have been stalled since 2014.

Reporting by Ari Rabinovitch; Editing by Alison Williams and Giles Elgood

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