Palestinian Assailant Killed During Attempted Stabbing Attack in West Bank

No other casualties or injuries reported; Palestinians identified the attacker as Malak Talal Sharif, a youth from Hebron.

Gush Etzion spokesman

A Palestinian terrorist was shot and killed during an attempted stabbing attack at the Gush Etzion junction on Highway 60 in the West Bank on Thursday afternoon, the Israeli army said. No other casualties were reported.

Palestinians identified the attacker as Malak Talal Sharif, a youth from Hebron. 

An initial investigation found that two soldiers, members of the Shimshon Brigade, who were at the Gush Etzion Junction discerned a Palestinian who aroused their suspicion. They called on him to approach then, and then they began to ask him questions to determine his intentions.

When one of the soldiers turned around to report on his two-way radio about the suspect, Sharif pulled out a knife. Another soldier who noticed the knife shot and killed him.

The soldier is apparently the same one who shot and killed two Palestinians in a terror attack at the same junction 10 days ago, in which a soldier was stabbed and suffered moderate injuries.

On Wednesday, a border policeman was fatally wounded while stopping an attack at Halhul near Hebron. The hospital said Wednesday evening that he was in critical condition. The Palestinian attacker was shot and killed.

On Monday, four Israelis were wounded in two stabbing attacks in central Israel, including a 70-year-old man, a 31-year-old man, an 80-year-old woman, and a man in his twenties.