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Palestinian Gunman Kills Three Israelis At Checkpoint Near Jerusalem

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Jacob Bojesson Foreign Correspondent
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A Palestinian man with security clearance reportedly killed two Israeli security guards and a paramilitary policeman Tuesday at the entrance to a settlement outside Jerusalem.

Nimer Mahmoud Ahmad Jamal, the 37-year-old suspect, allegedly left another Israeli seriously wounded before being shot dead by police. A police spokeswoman said Jamal “opened his shirt, drew a pistol and fired at the security staff and troopers at close range,” Reuters reports.

The man reportedly worked as a cleaner at the settlement and had gone through security vetting to obtain his work permit. Israeli media reports that Jamal’s wife recently left him, likely due to domestic violence, and that family issues may have triggered him to commit an attack he wouldn’t survive.

Shin Bet, Israel’s domestic security agency, said his wife left for Jordan several weeks ago.

“The preliminary investigation indicates that he had significant personal and family problems, including those regarding family violence,” Shin Bet said in a statement, according to The Times of Israel. “His wife fled to Jordan several weeks ago and left him with their children.”

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reportedly ordered a demolition of the man’s house and called back work permits for his relatives. He further blamed the Palestinian Authority for the attack.

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