Border Guards Shoot Palestinian in Leg After Apparent Suicide Attempt

Israeli soldiers standing at the Tapuach checkpoint. (AP Photo/Nasser Ishtayeh, File)

Border Police officers shot a Palestinian woman in the leg after an apparent attempt to be killed in “suicide by police” at the Tapuach junction in the Shomron on Monday afternoon, police said.

The officers spotted the suspect approaching their checkpoint. Despite the officers’ calls for her to stop, she refused to halt and continued approaching the troops, police said in a statement.

Then the officers opened fire on the suspect, wounding her in the leg and neutralizing her, police said.

A police spokesperson said the woman was searched after she was shot and was found to be unarmed.

“During an initial interrogation, she said she had come to die, apparently because of a family situation,” police said in a statement.

There were no injuries reported among the Israeli security personnel.

The woman sustained moderate injuries and received first aid at the scene before being taken to Petach Tikva’s Beilinson Hospital for treatment.