Israeli soldier wounded near West Bank settlement

Israeli soldier wounded near West Bank settlement
Israeli soldier wounded near West Bank settlement

An Israeli soldier was seriously wounded when Palestinian gunmen opened fire near the entrance of a Jewish settlement in the West Bank.

The army said the assailants fired at the soldier from a vehicle and sped away after the shooting. The attack occurred at the entrance to Ariel, a large West Bank settlement near the Palestinian city of Nablus.

The army said it found a burned car near Nablus that is connected to the shooting, but declined to provide further details.

Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said authorities were investigating the incident.

A previously unknown offshoot of Fatah, the movement headed by moderate Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, took responsibility for the shooting in a phone call to The Associated Press.