Suspect in Ariel Terror Attack that Left Two Dead Killed in Shootout with IDF

A Palestinian suspected in Sunday’s fatal terror attack that left two dead and a third person injured was killed in a shootout with Israeli security forces, The Jerusalem Post reported Wednesday.

Omar Abu Lila was killed in a firefight following a manhunt after he killed a soldier, Gal Keidan, and a rabbi, Ahiad Ettinger, in the West Bank city of Ariel. A second soldier, Alexander Dvorsky, was seriously wounded, but his condition has reportedly stabilized.

Abu Lila carried out his initial attack, then fled the scene in a stolen car and later shot Dvorsky. Security forces, including the Shin Bet, Israel’s internal security organization; the IDF; and Yamam, a special counterterrorism police unit, carried out a two-day manhunt for the suspect.

The Post reported that unspecified “special technology” was employed to track Abu Lila.

When he was located in the village of Abwain, not far from Ramallah, Abu Lila shot at the Israeli forces and was killed in the subsequent exchange of fire. No soldiers were reported injured in the exchange.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu congratulated the nation’s security forces for tracking and killing the terrorist. “The long arm of Israel reaches all those who attack our civilians and soldiers,” he said.

In a separate incident, two Palestinians were killed by the IDF in Nablus after they threw explosive devices at Jewish worshippers at the Tomb of Joseph.

“A number of explosives were hurled from a vehicle at Israeli army forces that were securing the entrance of worshipers at Joseph’s Tomb in Nablus,” a statement from the IDF’s spokesperson’s unit said.

Soldiers fired at the attackers in response.

“As a result the two terrorists were killed, there were no casualties to our forces,” the IDF statement reported.

The IDF also fired on several targets in Gaza in response to the launching of incendiary balloons into Israel.

In recent weeks, there has been an increasing number of incendiary balloon attacks against Israel.

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