Soldier Killed, Possibly by Terrorists, While Hitchhiking in Jerusalem

Avraham Deutsch, a 32-year-old reserve soldier was killed by gunfire last night as he was hitchhiking near the Rockefeller Museum at the Old City’s wall. A police spokesman said the shooting was done by “hostile elements,” possibly terrorists. Security forces launched a widespread manhunt throughout the area in an effort to apprehend the killers.

According to an eyewitness, three men approached Deutsch and fired at him. He was shot in the head. Deutsch was rushed to Hadassah Hospital where doctors vainly sought to save his life. He died from his injuries shortly after being brought there. The museum comer has often been the site of attacks against soldiers waiting to get a ride in the direction of Jericho.

This morning, some II hours after last night’s fatality, an Arab resident of East Jerusalem was wounded by gunfire near the museum. Police detained a civil guard as a suspect in the incident but declined to identify the guard, the circumstances under which the shooting took place, or the name of the victim.

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