15 March 2009

BREAKING NEWS Israeli police officers shot dead

Trouble brewing................
Notice, as the article rightly points out, this comes at a "sensitive" time.

JERUSALEM, March 15 (Reuters) - Two Israeli policemen were killed in a shooting attack in the occupied West Bank on Sunday, Israeli police and emergency services said.

An Israeli police spokesman said the circumstances of the incident were still being investigated, although the main line of inquiry being pursued was that the two had been shot by one or more Palestinian gunmen.


Two Israeli traffic policemen have been shot dead near the West Bank town of Nablus and an operation is under way to try to catch the attacker or attackers.

The officers were in a car that came under fire in the Massua district of the Jordan Valley.

Rescue workers say they found the car upside down with one officer dead. Efforts to revive the other failed.

It is the first fatal shooting of an Israeli in the West Bank since April of last year.

Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said the main suspicion pointed to a "nationalistic motive".

The attack took place in an area close to the Jordanian border and under Israeli security control.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility from any Palestinian militant group but our correspondent says anger has been running high since Israel's offensive in the Gaza Strip, which left some 1,300 Palestinians dead.

The shooting also comes at a particularly sensitive time as Israel's government agonises over how many Palestinian militants it could release from prison in exchange for captured Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, our correspondent adds.