Two Israel police officers shot dead in Hadera

By Rek Hanibal Published on March 28, 2022
Two Israel police officers shot dead in Hadera

Police said the shooters were Arab Israeli citizens. They were shot dead by undercover officers. The Islamic State (IS) group said it was behind the attack in a statement posted on social media.

It comes days after an attacker identified as an IS supporter killed four Israelis in the southern city of Beersheba.One of the assailants in the latest incident tried to join IS, and officials are looking for connections between the attacks, Haaretz reports.

Four other people were taken to hospital after the attack in Hadera, and two others were treated at the shooting site. Police said counterterrorism officers happened to be in a restaurant near the shooting and brought the attack to an end.

"Our officers managed to neutralise the assailants and prevent a bigger terrorist attack," national police spokesman Eli Levy told Israeli TV.

Islamic State's claim of responsibility is unusual - the intelligence group SITE said it was the first time it had taken credit for an attack in Israel since 2017.

Sunday's incident occurred as Israel hosts a "historic summit" with three Arab states with which it has normalised ties, as well as Egypt and the US.

Israel's Foreign Minister Yair Lapid said that all his counterparts at the meeting had condemned the attack. However, it was praised by the Hamas militant group which governs Gaza as a "heroic operation".

There have been several recent attacks amid concerns that tensions are rising ahead of religious holidays.


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