JERUSALEM — (AP) — A Palestinian assailant opened fire at an Israeli military checkpoint in the occupied West Bank on Saturday before being shot and killed, Israeli police said, the latest incident in months of escalating violence.
The Palestinian gunman approached Israeli troops stationed at the Qalandiya checkpoint outside Jerusalem early in the morning, pulled out an M16 rifle and opened fire, the Israeli police said.
Israeli security forces said they shot back, killing the suspected assailant. According to the Israeli rescue service, two security guards in their 20s were hospitalized with minor wounds — at least one from bullet fragments. There was no immediate word on the attacker’s identity.
The shooting caps a bloody week in the West Bank that left 15 Palestinians and four Israelis dead.
An hourslong gun battle between Israeli security forces and Palestinian militants in the northern Jenin refugee campkilled seven Palestinians and wounded eight Israeli soldiers earlier …