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October 15, 2018 8:39 am

Palestinian Shot Dead Trying to Stab Israeli Soldier

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A knife used in a stabbing attack in Israel. Photo: Israel Police.

Israeli soldiers shot dead a Palestinian who tried to stab one of them in the West Bank on Monday, the military said.

The incident occurred at a bus stop along a main highway near Ariel.

“A Palestinian attempted to stab a soldier at the site. Our troops fired at him and he was killed. There were no casualties among our forces,” the military said in a statement.

There was no immediate Palestinian comment. Israel‘s Shin Bet internal security service said the assailant, whom it did not name, was a resident of the West Bank village of Biddya and had no record of anti-Israeli activity.

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Biddya was the home village of a 47-year-old Palestinian woman who died of a head injury on Friday caused by what her husband said were rocks thrown at their car by Israeli settlers.

The Shin Bet statement, in its reference to Biddya, made no mention of Friday’s incident, which Israeli police are investigating.

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