The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) identified the terrorist who killed two Israelis in the Barkan Industrial Park in Samaria (northern West Bank), and wounded a third, as 23-year-old Ashraf Walid Suleiman Naalwa.
Several members of his family were arrested and are being interrogated by the General Security Service (Shabak) to determine whether they assisted him in the attack or in his escape from the scene, the military spokesman said.
Naalwa entered the Alon Group offices in the Barkan Industrial Park near the Ariel settlement. There, he shot and killed with a Carl Gustav or “Carlo” type machine gun, Kim Levengrod Yehezkel, 28, and Ziv Hajbi, 35, and wounded a second woman whmo he shot in the stomach.
Israeli forces set up roadblocks and checkpoints in the area.
“IDF and Shabak troops will continue their efforts to catch the terrorist and ensure the safety of the region’s inhabitants with increased operational and intelligence efforts,” the IDF spokesman said.
The special counter-terrorism unit of the Yamam Border Guard, the elite unit “Duvdevan”, the counter-terrorism unit “Lotar” and the canine unit “Oketz” of the IDF as well as Shabak and soldiers of the Central Command and the Brigade of Judea and Samaria are participating in the search for the terrorist.
Palestinian Authority police sources said that there is full coordination with Israeli forces in pursuing the terrorist who perpetrated the attack in Barkan Industrial Park, mainly in tems of gathering information that is supposed to help track the movements of the attacker from the time of the incident.