Arab Dressed in Israeli Army Uniform Shoots Policeman
JERUSALEM (AP) _ A Palestinian dressed in an Israeli army uniform shot and killed an off- duty Jewish border policeman who questioned him in east Jerusalem today, police said.
The assailant fled the scene, but police spokesman Shmuel Ben-Ruby said several Arabs were detained and one of them was believed to be the attacker.
Israel radio carried an interview with an unidentified policeman who said he caught the armed assailant as he was commandeering a taxi which had a woman passenger with two children. The alleged assailant lives in the occupied West Bank city of Jenin, the radio said.
Police identified the victim as Avinoam Peretz, 23, a first sergeant from the town of Migdal Haemek near Nazareth. He was dressed in military pants and a T-shirt.
Jerusalem Police Chief Haim Albaldes said police suspected the assailant had accomplices and were searching for two or three other Arabs.
Moshe Moreno, who witnessed the shooting, said the attacker wore an army shirt and military-like trousers and carried a mini M-16 assault rifle when a border policeman armed with a pistol approached him.
″He tapped him on the shoulder, asked him who he was and what he was doing here,″ Moreno said. ″(The assailant) turned around and let off a burst of fire into his stomach.″
Moreno said the border policeman was hit about 10 times.
The shooting occurred on the road between Jerusalem’s French Hill neighborhood and the town of Ramallah in the occupied West Bank. The area is part of Arab east Jerusalem, which Israel declared annexed after it was seized from Jordan in the 1967 Middle East war.
The Arabic-language An-Nahar newspaper reported today that police were looking for two Arab men who tried to buy 20 Israeli military uniforms from an army surplus store in Jerusalem.