Attacker attempts to stab soldiers at West Bank checkpoint

Attacker attempts to stab soldiers at West Bank checkpoint

Knifer shot and killed while running toward soldiers shouting ‘Allahu akbar’ near Tapuah junction

A Palestinian man tried to stab security forces at an army checkpoint outside the northern West Bank settlement of Tapuah, security officials said.

The attacker was shot and killed during the attack, police said. No Israelis were injured.

According to initial accounts, the assailant got out of a taxi at the checkpoint, located at the Tapuah junction, and ran with a knife toward soldiers shouting “Allahu akbar,” police said.

Police launched a hunt for the taxi, according to Israel Radio, and arrested a taxi driver nearby, though it was not immediately clear if it was linked.

The checkpoint sits meters from the Tapuah junction, which has seen a number of attacks during the ongoing wave of stabbings, shooting, and vehicular rammings over the last two months.

On Tuesday morning, three IDF soldiers and a Border Police officer were hurt in a car ramming attack at the Tapuah junction. Two weeks ago four Israelis were hurt, including two seriously, when a car driven by a Palestinian rammed into a bus at the site.

Attacks in the West Bank and elsewhere have persisted for over two months. On Monday IDF corporal Ziv Mizrahi, 18, was killed in a stabbing attack at a gas station on Route 443 in the West Bank.

Earlier Monday, two Palestinian girls aged 14 and 16, from Qalandiya north of Jerusalem stabbed a 70-year-old Palestinian man in central Jerusalem with a pair of scissors. They mistook him for a Jew.

On Sunday, an Israeli woman, Hadar Buchris, 21, was stabbed to death at the Etzion Junction in the West Bank south of Jerusalem. Two earlier stabbing attacks in the West Bank on Sunday were foiled.

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