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Palestinian gunman killed by Israeli security forces during West Bank raid

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Shin Bet says the assailant and his fiancee carried out attacks because family didn't accept their betrothal

A Palestinian gunman was killed by Israeli security forces after he attempted to fire at the team who came to arrest him during an overnight raid in the West Bank, the Israeli army said on Sunday morning.

The army said the assailant, named by police as 34-year-old Amar Ahmad Halil of Kfar Eyin, and his fiancee Rawan Ambar, were responsible for attacks close to two West Bank communities on Saturday.

Israel's internal security agency, the Shin Bet, said that the couple carried out the attacks because their families had not accepted their engagement. Halil was a former member of the Palestinian Authority security forces who had been operating as an arms dealer.

Israeli security forces reported attempting to apprehend Halil before he tried to open fire. He was killed by Israeli fire in response, and Ambar turned herself in to Palestinian Authority security forces and has been taken for questioning.

The pair reportedly carried out attacks at the West Bank communities of Ateret and Nabi Saleh on Saturday. A man was lightly injured Saturday morning after his vehicle was shot at on a West Bank. The driver, a Palestinian man from the village of Beitin, was lightly injured by shrapnel and treated by security forces at the scene. The vehicle also sustained damage.

The army also said that the suspects opened fire on a West Bank IDF post near Nabi Saleh on Saturday.

The attacks came just one day after two Israeli police officers were killed and a third injured after three Arab-Israeli gunmen opened fire at Jerusalem's ultra-sensitive Temple Mount holy site in an attack that is likely to exacerbate Israeli-Palestinian tensions.

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