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Israeli army opens probe after Palestinian driver shot dead in West Bank

Des membres des forces de sécurité israéliennes inspectent une voiture "suspecte", près de la colonie juive de Halamish, le 31 octobre 2017 en Cisjordanie
ABBAS MOMANI (AFP)
Initial probe shows security forces opened fire when driver failed to stop, military says

The Israeli military began investigating on Tuesday an incident in which one Palestinian was killed and another wounded after soldiers opened fire on a their vehicle in the West Bank. 

Soldiers identified a vehicle driving in a "suspect manner" near the town of Nabi Saleh north of Ramallah, an Israel Defense Forces (IDF) statement said.

After the driver did not respond to signals to stop, the statement continued, soldiers opened fire. 

The driver was killed an a female in the passenger seat were injured. Palestinian media identified them as as Muhammad Musa, 26 and his sister, Latifa, aged 33. 

The Magen David Adom paramedic service had earlier called the incident an attempted terror attack, however the IDF described it only as an "event". 

The Palestinian Authority foreign ministry branded Musa's death as an "extrajudicial execution", according to a statement carried by Palestinian news agency Maan

“All of a sudden they were shot at by Israeli forces without any reason and without posing any threat to the soldiers," the statement added. 

A search of the vehicle yielded no weapons, according to Israeli media reports.

Israeli soldiers serving in the West Bank have frequently been killed and injured in car-ramming attacks carried out by Palestinian assailants.

At the peak of the so-called "stabbing intifada" in late 2015, several car ramming attacks were also carried out in Israel. 

In January eight soldiers were killed in Jerusalem when an East Jerusalem resident plowed his truck into them in a park.

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