Palestinian Shot Dead After Trying to Stab Border Policeman in West Bank

On Saturday, two stabbing attacks by Palestinians took place in the West Bank.

Chaim Levinson
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Israel Defense Force soldiers stand near the Tapuah Junction in the West Bank after attempted stabbing ends in Palestinian's death. Aug 17, 2015.
Israel Defense Force soldiers stand near the Tapuah Junction in the West Bank after attempted stabbing ends in Palestinian's death. Aug 17, 2015.Credit: AP
Chaim Levinson
Chaim Levinson

A Palestinian man tried to stab a Border Police officer at the Tapuah Junction in the West Bank on Monday. The assailant was shot and killed. The officer, who was very slightly injured, managed to push off the terrorist, while another officer shot the assailant.

Initial accounts of the incident indicate that the Palestinian approached Tapuah Junction and told the Border Police officer there that he wasn't feeling well. The officers ordered the Palestinian to approach further, at which point he pulled out a knife and attempted to stab one of the officers.

IDF soldiers stand near the Tapuah Junction in the West Bank after attempted stabbing. Aug 17, 2015Credit: AP

The Shin Bet security service subsequently identified the assailant as Mohammed Amsha, 25, from the village of Ra’ai southwest of Jenin. Amsha was not a member of any terror group nor was he known to the security services.

On Saturday, two stabbing attacks took place in the West Bank. A Palestinian assailant stabbed a Border Police officer close to the Tapuah Junction near Ariel early on Saturday evening.

The assailant was fired upon and later died of his wounds. The officer was lightly wounded.

Earlier that day, a Palestinian stabbed an Israeli soldier on Route 443 near Beit Horon in the West Bank.The soldier was lightly wounded.

The alleged assailant was arrested after soldiers opened fire, lightly wounding him.

The IDF said the soldier was stabbed in the back, and that he was sent to receive medical treatment. The Red Crescent told the Palestinian news agency Ma'an the assailant was wounded in his hand.

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