hree Israeli border policemen were murdered Tuesday morning in a suspected terror attack in the town of Har Adar outside Jerusalem. Another Israeli was badly wounded.

According to  the Border Police, the Palestinian assailant approached the town’s gate posing as a laborer. When the officers manning the gate grew suspicious of him, he pulled out his weapon and opened fire.

After an exchange of gunfire, the assailant was shot dead, but not before fatally injuring three people and severely wounding one more.

Israeli media identified the attacker as a 37-year-old father of four from the Palestinian village of Beit Surik. The man is said to have a valid work permit allowing him to enter Israel. 

It is not currently known if the assailant belonged to a terrorist organization, but Hamas has praised the attack and called for others to carry out similar ones.

The injured Israeli was rushed to hospital for treatment.

Large numbers of security forces are now on the scene scanning the area and ensuring there is no further attacks.

The identity of those killed is under a gag order.

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin responded to the attack, saying the nation’s hearts are with the families of the victims. “The brutal terror attack exposes once again the daily reality that Israeli security forces, who are on the front lines, have to deal with,” said Rivlin. “We will continue to confront terror and put our hands on the attackers and their backers.”

Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely called the attack “The Palestinians’ welcome greeting to American envoy Jason Greenblatt.” She said the American must focus all their attention on ending the murderous Palestinian terror efforts and that any negotiations with them are futile as long as they continue to incite to terror.

In July three family members were killed when a Palestinian terrorist entered the west Bank Settlement of Halamishand stabbed them while they were sitting down for Shabbat dinner. The terrorist in that incident was incapacitated by a neighbor, a soldier who was home on leave.

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