Palestinian gunman kills 3 Israeli guards at West Bank settlement

HAR ADAR, West Bank, Sept 26 (Reuters) - A Palestinian man with security clearance to work at a Jewish settlement in the occupied West Bank opened fire at a checkpoint on Tuesday, killing two Israeli security guards and a paramilitary policeman.

The assailant, who was armed with a pistol and also seriously wounded a fourth Israeli, was shot dead, police said.

The incident was unusual in that the 37-year-old man had been issued an Israeli work permit - a process that entails security vetting - unlike most of the Palestinians involved in a wave of street attacks that began two years ago.

A look at the scene of the shooting:

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The body of Israeli-Arab man Youssef Ottman, one of three Israeli guards killed in a Palestinian shooting attack on a Jewish settlement in the occupied West Bank, is carried before his funeral begins in Abu Ghosh, Israel September 26, 2017. REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun
A man argues with Israeli soldiers as they arrest the brother of Palestinian gunman Nimr Jamal near the West Bank City of Ramallah September 26, 2017. REUTERS/ Ammar Awad
Israeli soldiers arrest the brother of Palestinian gunman Nimr Jamal near the West Bank City of Ramallah September 26, 2017. REUTERS/ Ammar Awad
Israeli soldiers arrest the brother of Palestinian gunman Nimr Jamal near the West Bank City of Ramallah September 26, 2017. REUTERS/ Ammar Awad
An Israeli soldier walks past a damaged security booth near the scene where a police spokeswoman said a Palestinian gunman killed three Israelis guards and wounded a fourth in an attack on a Jewish settlement in the occupied West Bank before he was shot dead, September 26, 2017. REUTERS/Ammar Awad
Israeli soldiers look into a security booth damaged during a shooting attack in which a Palestinian gunman killed three Israelis guards and wounded a fourth in a Jewish settlement in the occupied West Bank before he was shot dead, police said, September 26, 2017. REUTERS/Ammar Awad
Israeli soldiers guard near the scene where a police spokeswoman said a Palestinian gunman killed three Israelis guards and wounded a fourth in an attack on a Jewish settlement in the occupied West Bank before himself being shot dead, September 26, 2017. REUTERS/Ammar Awad
Israeli security personnel work at the scene where a police spokeswoman said a Palestinian gunman killed three Israelis guards and wounded a fourth in an attack on a Jewish settlement in the occupied West Bank before himself being shot dead, September 26, 2017. REUTERS/Ammar Awad
An Israeli soldier stands near the scene where a police spokeswoman said a Palestinian gunman killed three Israelis guards and wounded a fourth in an attack on a Jewish settlement in the occupied West Bank before himself being shot dead, September 26, 2017. REUTERS/Ammar Awad
A general view shows the scene where a police spokeswoman said a Palestinian gunman killed three Israelis guards and wounded a fourth in an attack on a Jewish settlement in the occupied West Bank before himself being shot dead, September 26, 2017. REUTERS/Ammar Awad
Masked members of the Israeli special forces inspect the site of a fatal attack at the entrance to the Israeli settlement of Har Adar, near the Palestinian West Bank city of Biddu, after a Palestinian opened fire on security personnel before being shot dead on September 26, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / THOMAS COEX (Photo credit should read THOMAS COEX/AFP/Getty Images)
WEST BANK - SEPTEMBER 26: Israeli security forces take security measures at the scene of a shooting attack at the entrance to the Israeli settlement of Har Adar after a Palestinian allegedly opened fire outside the settlement near Jerusalem, on September 26, 2017. Police said the attacker, a 37-year old from the West Bank village of Beit Surik, was shot dead by security forces. (Photo by Issam Rimawi/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
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A police spokeswoman said the gunman approached Har Adar among a group of Palestinians who work at the settlement, and aroused the suspicion of guards at the entrance checkpoint.

Challenged to halt, the Palestinian "opened his shirt, drew a pistol and fired at the security staff and troopers at close range," the spokeswoman said.

Residents of the settlement told Israeli media the man worked as a cleaner. One of them, Moish Berdichev, said he had domestic problems - his wife had left him - and speculated he may have carried out the attack knowing he would not survive.

"He was a guy with a good head on his shoulders. It's a shame. Very sad," Berdichev told Army Radio.

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The Shin Bet internal security service identified the man as Nimr Jamal and said he had "severe personal and family issues, including domestic violence."

The man lived in the nearby Palestinian village of Beit Suriq, the police said.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in public remarks to his cabinet that the man's house would be demolished and any work permits issued to his relatives would be revoked. (Writing by Dan Williams and Jeffrey Heller; Editing by Robin Pomeroy)

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