2018 Barkan Industrial Park shooting

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2018 Barkan Industrial Park shooting
Part of Israeli–Palestinian conflict
LocationBarkan Industrial Park, West Bank
Date7 October 2018
Attack type
Shooting
WeaponsCarlo improvised rifle
Deaths2
Non-fatal injuries
1
Suspected perpetrators
Ashraf Walid Naalwa

On the morning of 7 October 2018, a Palestinian gunman opened fire on several Israelis in the Barkan Industrial Park, killing two Israelis and critically injuring another.[1] The shooting incident was declared a "terrorist attack" by the IDF.[2][3] It was the first attack in the park and the second fatal attack in the West Bank to occur in three weeks.[4]

A 23 year old Palestinian, had worked in a factory where the shooting took place.[2][5] The Palestinian used a homemade gun in the attack, known locally as a Carlo, according to IDF spokesman Jonathan Conricus.[6]

IDF forces conducted an intensive two-month manhunt to capture the militant who fled the scene.[2] The IDF arrested some relatives of the assailant.[7]

Reactions[edit]

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared the shooting "a very severe terror attack". The Palestinian Islamic Jihad militant group called the attack a "natural response" to Israeli actions in Gaza, Jerusalem and Khan al-Ahmar.[8]

Manhunt for shooter ends in his death[edit]

The two-months long search for the shooter ended on 12 December when his hiding place was discovered by Israeli security. He shot at the arresting officers who returned fire, killing him. The militant was killed on 13 December 2018 after an armed clash with a special IDF force called Yamam in the Askar refugee camp in Nablus.[9]

The shooter, Ashraf Naalwa, 23, from the West Bank village of Shuweika near Tulkarem, was said by security officials to have been planning a new attack at the time he was found and killed.[10]

The IDF ordered the demolition of Naalwa's home.[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Palestinian Killed 2 Israelis in West Bank Attack". The New York Times. 7 October 2018.
  2. ^ a b c "2 people killed in terror attack in West Bank". Ynetnews. 10 July 2018.
  3. ^ "Palestinian kills 2 Israelis in West Bank industrial zone". Washington Post. 7 October 2018.
  4. ^ "Two killed, one wounded in a terror shooting in the West Bank". The Jerusalem Post. Retrieved 2018-10-02.
  5. ^ Editorial, Reuters (7 October 2018). "Palestinian gunman kills two Israelis in West Bank - Israeli military". Reuters.
  6. ^ "Two Israelis shot dead by Palestinian in West Bank, army says". The Guardian. Agence France-Presse in. 7 October 2018.
  7. ^ "Barkan shooting attack | Relatives of terrorist arrested, home raided". Israel National News. 7 October 2018.
  8. ^ "Two Israelis shot dead by Palestinian in West Bank, army says". The Guardian. Retrieved 7 October 2018.
  9. ^ "After two-month manhunt, IDF finds and kills terrorist who killed two in Barkan". times of Israel. 13 December 2018. Retrieved 13 December 2018.
  10. ^ "After two-month manhunt, IDF finds and kills terrorist who killed two in Barkan". times of Israel. 13 December 2018. Retrieved 13 December 2018.
  11. ^ "After two-month manhunt, IDF finds and kills terrorist who killed two in Barkan". times of Israel. 13 December 2018. Retrieved 13 December 2018.