ISIS claims attack after two Israeli police officers are shot dead

Two assailants were killed after they shot at police in the northern city of Hadera

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ISIS has claimed an attack that killed two Israeli police officers on Sunday in the northern city of Hadera. The assailants were shot dead, police said.

The attack came as Arab foreign ministers and the US secretary of state visited Israel for a meeting, authorities said.

“I briefed the participants of the Negev Summit on the details of the Hadera attack,” Minister of Foreign Affairs Yair Lapid said in a statement.

“Israel will uncompromisingly fight terrorism, and we will resolutely stand together with our allies against anyone who tries to harm us.”

Dudu Boani, the police deputy commander for the region, said the two victims of the attack – a man and a woman – were police officers.

“Two terrorists arrived at Herbert Samuel Street in Hadera, and began shooting at a police force there,” resulting in two deaths, police said.

“A special police force that was at the site engaged and after a short gunfight, neutralised” the attackers.

He said the assailants were shot dead.

The Magen David Adom emergency medical responders said four other people were taken to hospital and two were treated at the scene.

The army said in a statement that it was sending more troops into and around the occupied West Bank.

Hamas praised the attack, calling it a “heroic operation” and a “natural and legitimate response” to Israel's “crimes against our people".

“Tonight's heinous terror attack is an attempt by violent extremists to terrorise and to damage the fabric of life here,” Mr Lapid said.

Less than a week ago, a convicted ISIS sympathiser killed four Israelis in a stabbing and car-ramming attack in the southern city of Beersheba.

As Sunday's attack took place, Mr Lapid was hosting ministers from the UAE, Egypt, Bahrain and Morocco, and US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, at a resort in southern Israel.

Updated: March 28, 2022, 7:23 AM
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