Palestinian terrorist kills father of five in stabbing at Tapuach Junction

( A Palestinian terrorist killed a 31-year-old resident of Yitzhar on Tuesday morning at the Tapuach Junction in Samaria, Israel Hayom reported. The victim, father of five Evyatar Borovsky, was the first Israeli to be killed in a terror attack in Judea and Samaria since 2011.

The scene of Tuesday's terror attack in Tapuach Junction. Credit: Judea and Samaria Rescue Services.

A preliminary investigation of the incident suggested that the terrorist, Salam Za’al, a resident of Tulkarem, arrived at the junction armed with a knife. He stabbed the victim, who was waiting at a hitchhiking stop, several times in the chest, and grabbed his handgun. He then opened fire at a nearby Border Police patrol and subsequently tried to flee, but the police officers returned fire and subdued him.

A Border Police spokesman said Za’al had run into a roadblock, preventing him from causing more damage with the stolen gun. He sustained moderate wounds in the exchange of fire.

According to media reports, Za’al had been released from an Israeli prison, where he served a three-year sentence for throwing rocks, less than six months ago. His brother, who is currently jailed in the Palestinian Authority, faced trial on Sunday for allegedly cooperating with Israel. Speculation has been raised that Za’al may have committed the attack in order to restore his family’s honor.

Posted on April 30, 2013 .