(Israel Hayom/Exclusive to JNS.org) Four Israelis were injured Sunday as a Palestinian terrorist rammed a vehicle into a crowd at Tapuach Junction, one of the busiest junctions in Samaria.
Two young men were seriously hurt and a pregnant woman was lightly hurt after being run over, and a fourth young man was grazed by a ricocheting bullet fired by security forces at the terrorist. The terrorist was shot and killed.
The initial investigation into the incident revealed that the terrorist, 23-year-old Suliman Shaheen from al-Bireh, accelerated as he charged toward a hitchhiking station at the junction, ramming his vehicle into a group of people, all in their 20s. Two border policemen posted at the junction opened fire at the terrorist, who crashed his vehicle into a concrete barrier.
The two young men who sustained the most severe injuries were evacuated by helicopter to Rabin Medical Center in Petah Tikvah. A Magen David Adom paramedic recounted that "we saw the victims on the sidewalk, next to the hitchhiking station, and they were fully conscious. They suffered injuries to their extremities."
All four victims were civilians.
Shortly after the ramming attack, a female terrorist stabbed a security guard in the ultra-Orthodox community of Beitar Illit near Jerusalem. The guard sustained light injuries and managed to neutralize his attacker.