Three armed terrorists had mingled among Palestinian civilians heading for Israel in a bus from the West Bank town of Jenin on Friday, May 7. When the bus halted outside the Salam military base and the passengers stepped out for inspection, the trio jumped forward, pulled out “Carlo” improvised automatic guns and opened fire on the border guard officers,. They were cut down in a flash by return fire from the base gate before anyone was hurt. Two Palestinian gunmen were killed on the spot, a third was injured and removed to hospital.
This terse scenario was filled out later by an on-the-spot investigation. Two of the terrorists were from Tulkarm and the third from a village nearby. They were armed with guns and knives for a large-scale attack in Israel. According to one report, they were heading for Temple Mount in Jerusalem.
They realized the game was up when the bus was stopped. All three then opened fire at once. Staff Sgt S, a 20-year-old female border guard officer, commander of the guard team, shot back after taking cover, joined instantly by the rest of the team. Their aim was rapid and precise.