Palestinian Kills Two Israelis, Wounds Third

Israeli security forces at the scene of a fatal shooting attack in Barkan Industrial Park in the northern West Bank

Manhunt underway after West Bank shooting

A Palestinian gunman has shot dead two Israelis and wounded a third in an industrial park next to a Jewish settlement in the occupied West Bank, the Israeli military has said. The man and one woman died at the scene.

"This was a serious terrorist attack", the military said in a statement.

Security forces were searching for the suspected perpetrator, Conricus said.

Sunday's attack took place at the Alon Group factory in the Barkan Industrial Zone, where some 3,300 Palestinians work alongside Israelis. The second was named as Ziv Hajbi, 35, a father of three.

He shot another woman in the stomach, moderately wounding her.

Security footage shows the shooter fleeing, still armed with a rifle.

The 23-year-old Palestinian used a homemade gun, known locally as a "Carlo", according to Conricus, in the apparent "lone-wolf attack".

Troops had searched his house and surveyed it in preparation for demolition, and detained for questioning several Palestinians suspected of assisting him, the IDF added.

Among those detained were Na'alwa's brother and sister, the Shin Bet confirmed. He held a valid work permit and had been absent from work in the days leading up to the attack, the army said. But other workers in the industrial zone suggested the attack was carried out by a disgruntled employee and was not politically motivated. "Everybody knew him. He went upstairs to the second floor because he knew who he wanted to shoot, and he shot", he was quoted as saying by the Associated Press.

Gaza's Hamas rulers and other militant groups praised Sunday's attack, but none claimed responsibility for it.

Most countries consider settlements that Israel has built on land occupied in the 1967 Middle East war as illegal. The settlements are considered illegal under worldwide law, though Israel disputes this.

Last month, a Palestinian teenager stabbed an Israeli to death at a junction at the entrance to a large bloc of Israeli settlements in the West Bank near Jerusalem.

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