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Israeli Gunman Opens Fire on West Bank Palestinians, Three Dead


An Israeli gunman has opened fire on a group of Palestinians near the West Bank town of Ramallah, killing three people and wounding two others.

Police identified the gunman as an Israeli driver who shuttled Palestinian workers to and from an industrial zone at a Jewish settlement in Shilo. On Wednesday, authorities say he stopped his car in the zone, grabbed the gun of a nearby security guard and turned it on his two passengers. The third victim was killed nearby. The gunman is in Israeli custody.

Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon condemned the attack, calling it an act of "Jewish terrorism." Palestinian leaders called on Israel to disarm settlers, and several Palestinian militant groups threatened to retaliate.

Nearly two weeks ago, an ultra-nationalist Jew opposed to Israel's pullout from the Gaza Strip shot dead four Israeli Arabs on a bus in northern Israel.
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