JERUSALEM (VINnews) — An Israeli was lightly injured after terrorists opened fire at the taxi he was driving near Shechem Sunday morning, according to an IDF report.
The taxi driver was riding behind a bus carrying special needs pupils near Elon Moreh when it was attacked by terrorist gunfire. The driver was hit in the back by shrapnel from bullets fired at the taxi. He drove to a nearby army base where he received treatment.
The bus driver riding in front of the taxi reported that the windshield of his vehicle was hit by a bullet in the same attack. There were no injuries on the bus.
Palestinian sources allegedly recorded the attack on social media.
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Security forces closed the road and began searching the area for the gunmen in the villages of Salem and Beit Furiq.
A Palestinian terror faction calling itself Lion’s Den claimed responsibility for the shooting in a statement.
The group — based in Shechem — was established in recent months by members of various terror groups. Some of its members were apparently previously affiliated with the Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigade and Palestinian Islamic Jihad. The group is associated with terrorist Ibrahim Nabulsi who was eliminated by the IDF last month.
In recent weeks the group has stepped up terror activities in Samaria, including almost daily shooting attacks on IDF and civilian targets.
On Saturday, a Palestinian terrorist was shot dead by Israeli security forces in a town near Jerusalem as he allegedly attempted to hurl Molotov cocktails. Police said officers were in the area to respond to a violent riot, which included Palestinians hurling explosive devices, firebombs and stones at forces.
In the predawn hours of Saturday, Palestinian gunmen opened fire at Israeli troops operating near the village of Burqa, and at the Beit El community in a separate incident, the IDF said.
Israeli troops have repeatedly come under gunfire during nightly raids in Palestinian cities since the April-May wave of terror in Israel which led to the deaths of 19 people.