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Claim for deadly Mideast attack disputed by Palestinians

DEIR ABU MASHAL, West Bank — Palestinian militants disputed an Islamic State claim Saturday that it was behind a deadly attack against Israel, saying it was their people who killed a female police officer on duty near Jerusalem’s Old City. If true, it would mark the first direct Islamic State action against Israel, and the group warned on its affiliate news agency it “will not be the last.” [...] the Hamas and People’s Front for the Liberation of Palestine militant groups quickly retorted that the three attackers who were killed were their members and accused Islamic State of trying to undermine their efforts. Yaakov Peri, an Israeli lawmaker and former head of the Shin Bet security service, said the coordinated assault marked an “upgrade” over recent Palestinian violence, and he hoped it was not the beginning of a new wave of attacks. Hamas wants to clarify that it is involved in a national battle of the Palestinian people with the ‘Zionist’ occupier and it is in its interest to present it as such. The three men were armed with knives and an automatic weapon and carried out near simultaneous attacks at two locations.

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