KARMEI TSUR, West Bank (AP) -- Palestinian gunmen sprayed bullets through a cluster of mobile homes as the Jewish settlers inside were sleeping Saturday, killing three people including a pregnant woman and her husband.
One attacker was killed and a second escaped. Israeli troops in armored vehicles entered a nearby Palestinian town as helicopters trained spotlights on the area in a pre-dawn search for the gunman.
In the Gaza Strip, three Palestinians were killed in two attempted attacks on Israelis. One was an armed man who was swimming toward a Jewish settlement on the Mediterranean Sea, the Israeli army said.
The violence came as Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon prepared to leave for Washington, where he is to meet Monday with President Bush.
The attack on Karmei Tsur, a settlement of about 100 families in the southern West Bank, began shortly after 2 a.m., when two gunmen opened fire on a cluster of about 15 mobile homes separated from the rest of the settlement by a barbed wire fence.
A security guard killed one of the gunmen minutes later at the door of a trailer, the army said. The attacker was holding a grenade.
The gunmen killed a young man and his wife, who was pregnant. A wounded man died later.
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