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Meet the Carlo

The inaccurate, poorly made Palestinian rifle used in the recent shooting attacks in Jerusalem is a cheap knockoff of an antiquated Swedish gun — a sign that the uprising is still ill-equipped and untrained.

It is no longer just a knife intifada. It’s not even an intifada of individuals anymore. Israel’s security forces have begun to note a new type of attack, in which two or three assailants work together, using homemade guns.

For example, two of the most recent attacks near the Old City of Jerusalem — one near Herod’s Gate March 8, and the other near Damascus Gate March 9 — were shootings that used makeshift rifles known affectionately throughout the territories as the “Carlo.” Another attack near the Damascus Gate, which resulted in the death of border police officer Hadar Cohen Feb. 3 involved three perpetrators who also used a homemade rifle.

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