Palestinian Officer is killed

A Palestinian policeman shot three Israeli soldiers, seriously wounding two, at a West Bank checkpoint Sunday before being killed by soldiers, the Israeli military said.

The Palestinian, Amjad Sukari, also known as Amjad Abu Amar, 34, had worked as a bodyguard and driver for the Palestinian attorney general. Just hours before the attack, at a checkpoint near the Jewish settlement of Beit El, he posted on Facebook that "there is nothing worth living for on this Earth as long as the occupation oppresses our souls and kills our brothers and sisters." He added: "Every day someone dies, I may be the next."

He drove up to the checkpoint and emerged firing a weapon, the military said.

The attack was unusual because it involved a Palestinian official and a firearm, reported to be a handgun. Most of the attacks on Israelis and Israeli soldiers in the last four months have been with knives, and many have been carried out by people under 25.

In the last four months, at least 26 Israelis have been killed and more than 155 Palestinians, most of them assailants, have also died, Israeli authorities said.

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