Less than 24 hours after wanted gunmen shot and killed two Palestinian security officers, in the Old City of the northern West Bank city of Nablus, Palestinian police and security forces killed two gunmen, who exchanged fire with the security officers attempting to apprehend them.

Media sources in Nablus said the two gunmen carried M16 automatic rifles, and exchanged fire with Palestinian security officers operating in Nablus in an attempt to apprehend drug dealers and weapon traffickers.

Senior security sources and Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah said, “the operation will continue until apprehending all criminal elements.”

On Thursday, two Palestinian security officers, identified as Shibly Ibrahim Bani Shamsa, 27, from Beita town, near Nablus, and Mahmoud Tarayra, from Bani Neim town, near Hebron, were killed by gunmen in the old City of Nablus, and at least two others were injured.

On Thursday night after midnight, hundreds of police officers and security members were added to the forces that were operating in Nablus, in an attempt to apprehend all assailants.

Lieutenant Adnan Dmeiri, the spokesperson of the Palestinian Security Forces, said the security forces and police are looking for the gunmen who killed and injured the security officers, and all criminal elements, and that additional security forces have joined the activities “meant at apprehending gunmen, weapons and drugs’ smugglers and all outlaws.”