Israeli forces kill Palestinian wanted in drive-by shooting
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli forces killed a Palestinian suspect wanted in a drive-by shooting at a West Bank bus stop, shooting him Wednesday just hours after an Israeli baby delivered prematurely as a result of the weekend attack died.
The Shin Bet security agency said Salah Barghouti, 29, was killed while “attempting to harm” Israeli forces as he sought to escape from an arrest raid. It said an unspecified number of additional suspects were arrested.
In Sunday night’s attack, assailants in a Palestinian vehicle opened fire at a bus stop outside a West Bank settlement, wounding seven people before speeding away. Israeli forces have been on a manhunt for the attackers in the West Bank since then.
Among the wounded was a pregnant woman who was critically injured. Her baby was delivered by cesarean section after the attack. On Wednesday, Jerusalem’s Shaare Zedek Hospital said the boy had died.
Speaking to foreign reporters Wednesday night, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu condemned the attackers as “the most deviant criminals on Earth.”
“The security forces are pursuing them and I hope that there will be news soon on this matter,” he said.