A pair of Israeli civilians neutralized a terrorist who attempted to attack people in their cars as they drove near the Hawara checkpoint south of Shechem/Nablus in Samaria on Wednesday morning, according to the Israel Defense Forces.

At approximately 8:30 a.m., an Arab male carrying a knife opened the door of a private Israeli vehicle and attempted to stab a young female passenger, but was shot and neutralized by the driver, who was from Elon Moreh, with the help of a commuter behind him from Itamar.

The terrorist’s target was reported to be the daughter of the driver, who was nearly stabbed as her father drove her to high school.

The terrorist was seriously wounded in the altercation and later died of his wounds at Beilinson Hospital. No Israeli civilians or security personnel were injured in the attack.

“I was on my way to work at the party office and was driving from Elon Moreh towards Tapuah,” said Yehoshua Sherman, an activist for the Union of Right Wing Parties Knesset lists. “At Beytot Junction, a terrorist carrying a knife jumped on my car, and tried to open one of the doors. I got out, and while the terrorist was trying to go around the car to approach me, I shot and neutralized him with the help of a Yitzhar resident who had been driving his truck behind me.”

Samaria Regional Council chief Yossi Dagan praised Sherman for his successful prevention of a terror attack and urged the prime minister to finish construction of a bypass road that would enable Jewish residents to circumvent the Arab area of Hawara.

The terror attack occurred on Route 60, the main road from north to south in Judea and Samaria. Residents who use the road have reported frequent rock-throwing and firebombing attacks on the route, particularly near Hawara.