Israeli woman killed in Gush Etzion stabbing attack

( A 25-year-old woman was killed and two others were wounded on Monday in a stabbing attack near the Jewish community of Alon Shvut in Judea and Samaria, marking the latest in a series of terror attacks in Israel in recent weeks.

The Jewish community of Alon Shvut. Credit: Wikimedia Commons. 

The Magen David Adom emergency services group said that the woman was confirmed dead, while a 26-year-old sustained moderate wounds and a 50-year-old had minor wounds. The murdered woman was identified as Dalia Lamkus. 

According to initial reports, a car driven by the terrorist attempted to run over three people waiting at a bus stop near the entrance to Alon Shvut, and when that failed the assailant then left his car and attacked them with a knife. A nearby security camera caught the stabbing in action. 

Reports indicate that the terrorist was shot and critically wounded by a security guard after the stabbing. Hamas Radio announced the terrorist's name as Hebron resident Maher Hamdi al-Hashalmoun. According to the Times of Israel, Hashalmoun was affiliated with Islamic Jihad and spent four and a half years in an Israeli jail. 

The stabbing came just hours after a similar attack in Tel Aviv, in which a Palestinian terrorist from Nablus stabbed an Israel Defense Forces soldier near the Hagana train station. The soldier later died from his wounds.  

In a statement shortly after the Tel Aviv terrorist attack, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said, "The terrorism against us knows no borders. It is aimed at all parts of the country for a simple reason. The terrorists and those who incite to it want to get rid of us wherever we are. As far as they're concerned, we don't need to be in Tel Aviv, Jerusalem or anywhere else. I'll promise you one thing: They won't succeed.”

Posted on November 10, 2014 .