Three Israelis have been killed in a gun attack by a Palestinian assailant at a settlement outside Jerusalem.
Police said the attacker arrived at a rear entrance to the Har Adar settlement at about 7am as security guards were opening a gate to admit Palestinian labourers with permits.
When security guards became suspicious, the individual pulled out a pistol hidden under his shirt and opened fire, fatally wounding three Israelis – a policeman and two civilian security guards – before he was shot and killed.
Authorities identified the gunman as a 37-year-old resident of Beit Surik – a nearby village – who held a work permit for the settlements. Permits are issued only after security vetting.
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Only a few weeks ago, Israel’s Shin Bet security service director reported the agency had foiled about 200 terror attacks since the beginning of 2017 and broke up about 70 terrorist cells in July and August alone.