Two suspects arrested after guard killed while shielding fiancee in terror attack

Manhunt for gunmen followed fatal shooting at West Bank settlement


Two suspects were arrested by Israeli forces yesterday after a security guard was shot and killed while shielding his fiancee in a terrorist attack on the West Bank.

Responsibility for the fatal shooting on Friday has been claimed by militant group Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade, which described the guard at the entrance to Ariel settlement, Vyacheslav Golev, as a “Zionist officer”.

The 23-year-old was hit as gunmen driving a car with an Israeli licence plate opened fire.

His financee, Victoria Fligelman, was also on duty as a security guard at the time.

Golev used his body to shield her from the hail of bullets, saving her life, according to military officials. The couple had got engaged just a few weeks before.

The gunmen quickly fled the scene of the attack. After a manhunt, two armed suspects were arrested yesterday in a Palestinian village to the north-west of Ariel, Qarawat Bani Hassan.

A police spokesman said: “After intense intelligence and operational activity by the [domestic security agency] Shin Bet, police special forces and the army, two suspects were arrested this evening.”

Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said following the arrests: “There is no terrorist that we will not reach, and settle the score. Our war with terror is long, and together we will win."

Defence minister Benny Gantz tweeted: “The state of Israel has always defeated terrorism and will do everything necessary to defeat it."

Al-Aqsa Martys Brigade, the militant of wing of Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas’s Fatah faction, linked the attack to recent clashes around the Temple Mount in Jerusalem.

The terror group said: “We claim responsibility for the heroic operation in the colony of Ariel in which a Zionist officer was killed, in response to violations committed by the occupation government in Jerusalem.”

The claim of responsibility for the killing has not been confirmed.

Mr Golev was a former student at Ariel University and came from an ultra-Orthodox family.

The youngest of eight children, he is survived by his parents and siblings.

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