Israeli soldiers shoot Palestinian in foot

Jan. 22, 2012 at 9:36 PM

QALQILYA, West Bank, Jan. 22 (UPI) -- A Palestinian man was shot in his foot Sunday after trying to attack Israeli soldiers with an ax in Qalqilya, West Bank, officials said.

The soldiers, stationed at a checkpoint in Qalqilya, said they noticed the man coming toward them and holding a bag, ynetnews.com reported.

The soldiers ordered the man to stop after he pulled out the ax, but he refused, at which point one of the soldiers fired a warning shot into the air.

The man continued to approach them and was then shot in the foot. He was taken to a hospital in Jerusalem.

Maps and papers described as "nationalistic" were discovered inside the man's bag, police said, adding an investigation has begun.

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