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A man and a teenage girl were stabbed yesterday by a Palestinian at the Gush Etzion junction, with the man, 25, sustaining a moderate stab wound to his leg.

The girl, 17, was slightly injured.

The attacker was shot and severely injured by an off-duty police officer.

The police officer, Superintendent Meir Oranji of Kiryat Arba, said he was driving to Jerusalem when he saw someone running in the road.

"At first I didn't suspect anything," Oranji said. "But them, suddenly, out of the corner of my eye I saw the terrorist running, holding a big knife in his right hand. He very quickly stabbed a man in front of him in his chest and stomach."

Oranji said he stopped his car and got out with his gun. "Then he saw me and started to run away. He was heading toward the al-Arub refugee camp south of the junction. I shouted at him to stop. I fired two bullets, one of which hit him."

An ambulance took the attacker and the injured man to Hadassah University Hospital, Ein Karem.

In October, Kineret Mandel and Matat Adler, 21, and Oz Ben-Maor, 16, were shot and killed from a passing car while waiting for a ride at the same location. Three other people were wounded in that attack, one seriously.