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Three dead after alleged shooting attack at Beersheba bus station

By Cath And - October 19, 2015
Section: [Main News]

A man was shot dead Sunday in Beersheba after allegedly opening fire at the city’s central bus station.


The Israel Police Foreign Press Spokesperson initially stated that the attack was carried out by two people; one was shot dead on the scene, and the other was apprehended.


Further investigation found that the attack had been carried out by a lone attacker, identified as Muhannad al-Aqabi, 21, from the Bedouin town of Hura in the Negev. Al-Aqabi was shot dead on the scene.


The other man thought to be involved is in fact an Eritrean asylum seeker, Haftom Zarhum, 29, who had travelled to Beersheba to obtain a visa.


Israeli media is reporting the incident as a case of mistaken identity, claiming Israeli forces shot and injured Zarhum though he was not involved in the attack. Zarhum later died from his wounds.


One Israeli soldier was killed, and nine more Israelis were taken to hospital following the attack.


Also on Sunday, a group of more than 200 Israeli settlers attacked two Palestinian villages, Wad al-Haseen and Wad al-Nasara, in the Hebron district.


The settlers threw stones and firebombs at Palestinian homes in the villages, injuring at least three people, including two children.


At least five Palestinians were injured with live fire during clashes across the West Bank and Gaza Sunday.



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