Israeli security forces thwart stabbing attack in Samaria, terrorist killed



The Israeli Border Police emblem. Credit: Israeli Border Police.

(Israel Hayom/Exclusive to Israeli security forces foiled a terrorist attack Thursday morning at Tapuach Junction in Samaria.

A Palestinian youth who arrived at the junction by bus reportedly approached Israeli Border Police officers stationed at a local security checkpoint, and refused to heed their calls to stop. Moving closer to the troops, he drew a knife and charged the policeman closest to him. The troops engaged, shooting the suspect.

The youth, identified as Mahmad Jad Hassin Harb, 18, from Qalqilya, west of Nablus, was critically wounded and died at the scene.

Additionally, Israel’s Shin Bet security agency revealed Wednesday that security forces recently arrested a terrorist cell implicated in multiple shooting attacks in Judea and Samaria. The cell comprises three Palestinians, all minors, who carried out at least four shooting attacks targeting Israeli troops stationed near the Samaria community of Ofra during October and November.

The operation to apprehend the Palestinians was carried out by Israel Defense Forces troops and Shin Bet agents. During raids on their homes, troops seized the vehicles and weapons used in the attacks. Several of the suspects' relatives have been detained on suspicion of concealing illegal weapons.

"The cell's actions, as exposed during its members' interrogations, demonstrate the serious threat posed by such terrorist cells, which operate as local initiatives and have access to weapons and weapon production abilities," a Shin Bet statement said.

Posted on December 8, 2016 .