JERUSALEM – Israeli police have been raiding workshops in the West Bank, which they suspect are manufacturing a crude gun that has been used by Palestinians in several deadly attacks in recent months.
Spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said on Thursday that the weapon made in these workshops is known by its street name “Carlo.” It was used by Palestinian gunmen to kill four people and wound five others in the Tel Aviv attack on Wednesday. An Israeli intelligence official says it’s now the weapon of choice among Palestinian attackers. He says it’s based on the Swedish “Carl Gustav” submachine gun, it’s cheap and easy to make out of spare gun parts and pipes. The official says hundreds are believed to be in circulation. He spoke on condition of anonymity because he wasn’t allowed to talk to reporters.