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Two Israeli police killed in attack claimed by Islamic State group

Israeli security forces gather at the site of an attack that left two Israeli police dead in the northern city of Hadera
— Hadera (Israel) (AFP)

Two police officers were shot dead in an attack claimed by the Islamic State group in the northern Israeli city of Hadera late Sunday as top US and Arab diplomats visited the Jewish state for an unprecedented regional meeting, authorities said.

Police said the two gunmen -- Israeli Arabs identified by Israeli intelligence as local IS operatives -- were killed by counterterrorism officers who happened to be nearby.

"Two members of the Jewish (state's) police force were killed and others were injured in an immersive commando attack," IS said in a rare claim of an attack inside Israel.

Emergency medical responders said "two Israelis" were killed in the attack -- a man and a woman -- with four other people taken to hospital and two more treated at the scene.

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