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IDF thwarts terror stabbing in Samaria

No casualties reported in the incident • Suspect detained for questioning.

Construction work in the Jewish community of Brukhin in Samaria, Jan. 26, 2020. Photo by Sraya Diamant/Flash90.
Construction work in the Jewish community of Brukhin in Samaria, Jan. 26, 2020. Photo by Sraya Diamant/Flash90.

Israel Defense Forces soldiers thwarted a Palestinian terror attack on Thursday outside Brukhin, located some four miles west of Ariel near the Samaria security barrier.

“A short time ago, IDF forces near the community of Brukhin in the Ephraim Brigade arrested a terrorist with a knife who was planning to carry out an attack,” the military announced on social media.

No casualties were reported in the incident and the suspect was detained for questioning, the IDF said.

Earlier on Thursday, Israeli authorities announced the arrest of a Palestinian man with ties to the Islamic State terror group who was planning to carry out a terrorist attack in the near future.

The suspect attempted to evade capture and grab a border police officer’s weapon before being detained in the town of Beitunia, located near Ramallah.

Over the weekend, Israeli shepherd Binyamin Achimeir, 14, was found murdered near the Malachei Shalom outpost in the Binyamin region of southern Samaria.

Achimeir’s body was found on Saturday after he went missing 24 hours earlier while shepherding livestock from Gal Farm, located close to the Arab village of al-Mughayyir, 17 miles northeast of Ramallah.

The IDF continues to search for his killers, and Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant on Wednesday pledged to “find the murderers and bring them to justice.”

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