Israel needs to adapt to new threats after IS shooting attack: PM

JERUSALEM, March 28 (Xinhua) -- Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said Monday that Israel requires security forces to adapt to new threats after a fatal shooting attack perpetrated Sunday night by the extremist Islamic State (IS) group.

Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett attends a cabinet meeting at the Prime minister's office in Jerusalem, on March 27, 2022. (Photo: AFP)

In the attack, two gunmen opened fire at a bus stop in Israeli northern city of Hedera, killing two Border Police officers and wounding at least six others, according to Israeli police and Hillel Yaffe Hospital where the injuries have been hospitalized.

The IS claimed responsibility for the attack in a post released by its Aamaq news agency, saying two of its members killed two Israeli security forces.

It was the second time in less than a week that the IS carried out a deadly attack inside Israel, Bennett said in a statement, stressing the country requires the security forces to adjust quickly to the new threat.

"The heart breaks over the deaths of Border Police officers Shirel Abukarat and Yezen Falah, who fell defending civilians from abhorrent murderers," Bennett said.

Later on Monday, Bennett is expected to hold a situation assessment meeting with the country's top security officials.

The attack on Sunday night came as foreign ministers of the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Morocco and Egypt were gathering in southern Israel in a conference with visiting U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken to discuss regional cooperation.