Horrifying moment ISIS-fanatic cousins carry out terror attack that killed two 19-year-old Israeli police officers before the gunmen were shot dead by off-duty cops
- Two Israeli police officers were shot dead and others wounded in an attack claimed by ISIS
- The attack took place in the northern city of Hadera late on Sunday
- Off-duty counterterrorism officers in nearby restaurant shot the attackers dead
- Attack took place while Israel held a summit with three Arab states and the US
Two Israeli police officers were shot dead by cousins who had sworn allegiance to ISIS in the northern Israeli city of Hadera late on Sunday, authorities said.
The attack comes as top US and Arab diplomats visit the Jewish state for an unprecedented regional meeting, the countries having just normalised relations after decades of animosity.
Police said the two gunmen – Israeli Arab cousins identified by Israeli intelligence as local ISIS operatives – were killed by counterterrorism officers who happened to be dining in a restaurant nearby.
Emergency medical responders said ‘two Israelis’ were killed in the attack – a man and a woman – with four other people taken to hospital and two more treated at the scene.
The slain officers were identified as Border Police officers Yezen Falah and Shirel Abukarat, both 19, who came from regional villages in the north of Israel and were in their first year of service.
CCTV caught some of the attack. The two terrorists can be seen firing across the street at civilians. We have chosen not to show the body of one of the victims.
The two Israeli police officers, Shirel Abukarat and Yezen Falah, killed in an ISIS terror attack were both 19 and in their first year of service
Forensic experts stand over the body of one of the killed. Emergency medical responders said ‘two Israelis’ were killed in the attack – a man and a woman – with four other people taken to hospital and two more treated at the scene.
The two terrorists arrived at Herbert Samuel Street in Hadera, and began shooting at police and civilians, killed two officers
The attackers waited for a bus to drive by before shooting towards civilians, with police adding, ‘two terrorists arrived at Herbert Samuel Street in Hadera, and began shooting at the police force there,’ resulting in two deaths.
Members of ‘an Israeli counterterrorism force happened to be in a restaurant nearby and they ran out and neutralised the terrorists,’ police said in a statement.
Dudu Boani, the police deputy commander for the region, told reporters the two victims of the attack were police officers. He said the assailants were shot dead.
The terrorists have been identified as cousins Ibrahim and Ayman Agrabia from Umm El Fahm, an Arab Israeli city in the north.
One of them had been convicted of attempting to join ISIS in 2016, and they posted a video to Facebook before the attack swearing allegiance to the terror group.
Defence Minister Benny Gantz’s office said he was conducting a situation assessment with military, police and intelligence chiefs, while Prime Minister Naftali Bennett had arrived in Hadera and been briefed by police on the attack, his office said.
The army said in a statement that it was deploying additional forces in and around the occupied West Bank.
‘Two members of the Jewish (state’s) police force were killed and others were injured in an immersive commando attack,’ IS said in a rare claim of an attack inside Israel.
Hamas, the Islamist movement that rules the Palestinian enclave of Gaza, praised the attack, calling it a ‘heroic operation’ and a ‘natural and legitimate response’ to Israel’s ‘crimes against our people’.
Islamic Jihad, another Gaza-based militant Palestinian movement, called the attack ‘an eloquent message from our people against attempts to break our will’.
Ibrahim Agrabia and Ayman Agrabia were two cousins from the northern Arab city of Umm al-Fahm. They posted a video to Facebook before the attack swearing allegiance to ISIS
Off-duty counterterrorism officers in a nearby restaurant shot the attackers dead. A government security official said the two assailants were IS operatives from Umm El Fahm, an Arab Israeli city
The terrorists’ car can be seen after the attack. They used it to drive from their home town of Umm al-Fahm to Hadera where they carried out the attack on civilians and police
On Tuesday, a man wielding a knife stabbed several people and ran over another in southern Israel, killing four, in one of the deadliest attacks in the country in recent years.
Authorities identified the attacker as an Israeli Arab who had previously been convicted for supporting IS.
As Sunday’s attack took place, Foreign Minister Yair Lapid was hosting his counterparts from three Arab states that recently normalised ties with Israel, alongside Egypt’s top diplomat and US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, at a resort in southern Israel, in a gathering that Israel called ‘historic’.
Foreign ministers of Bahrain, UAE, and Morocco were also present for the Negev Summit, in which the looming Iran issue was discussed, as well as talks on ‘advancing a regional security architecture’ to counter threats by ‘air, sea, and piracy’.
‘I briefed the participants of the Negev Summit on the details of the Hadera attack,’ Lapid said in a statement.
‘All the foreign ministers condemned the attack, sent their condolences to the families of the victims and wished a speedy recovery to the wounded.’
‘Tonight’s heinous terror attack is an attempt by violent extremists to terrorise and to damage the fabric of life here,’ Lapid said.
‘Israel will uncompromisingly fight terrorism, and we will resolutely stand together with our allies against anyone who tries to harm us.’
An Israeli official told AFP that the attack had not prevented the gathering from taking place.
The ministers were dining together Sunday night, and on Monday were due to hold a series of meetings.
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