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Nablus Governor Akram Rajoub confirmed through Facebook that officer Hassan Abu al-Haj was killed during a raid on Balata refugee camp, promising to “take justice from the killers and outlaws”.
He said al-Haj went through surgery after the raid but died from his injuries.
Over the past year, there have been several heavy clashes between gunmen in Balata and the Palestinian security forces, who have been accused of taking a heavy-handed approach in the camp.
Last August, two Palestinian policemen were killed in Nablus, prompting a heavy crackdown in the area that led to two Palestinians being killed by police in Nablus' Old City and a senior militia leader in Balata, Ahmad Halaweh, being beaten to death while in police custody.
Halaweh, a Nablus-area leader of the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade, the military wing of the dominant Fatah faction, was accused of being responsible for the killing of the two police officers.
Catalonia police spokesman Josep Lluis Trapero added that a driver who mowed down crowds of pedestrians in the first attack in a busy Barcelona street Thursday could be among five suspects later shot dead in a nearby city.
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For his part, Interior Minister Gerard Collomb told RTL radio that "the number of those who have been seriously injured may perhaps be even higher at around 17."
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The pickup truck, which had an improvised white wooden trailer constructed over the back, was transporting them in "overcrowded and unsanitary conditions," said a state police report seen by AFP.
At least 13 people were killed and more than 50 injured when a driver deliberately slammed his vehicle into crowds on Barcelona's most popular street -- Las Ramblas -- in what police qualified as a "terror attack."
The van attack that mowed down pedestrians on Barcelona's most famous street on Thursday killing at least 13 people was the latest fatal assault on a European city.
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