JERUSALEM (Jan. 19)
An Israeli guarding a gasoline tanker truck in the West Bank town of Beit Sahur was shot and seriously injured in an apparent terrorist attack Tuesday.
The guard, Yoram Fahima, 22, was accompanying the truck driver to the gas station office after the station’s tanks were filled with gas.
The attacker appeared from nearby, shooting the guard at pointblank range. The assailant then tried to shoot the driver as well, but failed to do so because his pistol malfunctioned.
The attacker escaped from the scene with the guard’s pistol, apparently with the help of an accomplice. The Israeli army clamped a curfew on Beit Sahur, a predominantly Arab Christian town near Bethlehem, and the manhunt for the attacker continued Tuesday evening.
There was still no further news in the search for the murderer of General Security Service agent Haim Nahmani. Security forces last week detained two suspects in the murder, but the third person believed to have taken part in the killing was still at large.