2 IDF soldiers stabbed in West Bank, attacker killed
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2 IDF soldiers stabbed in West Bank, attacker killed

One of the Israelis seriously injured in attack near Shiloh junction, second suffers minor injuries, shoots assailant dead

Ilan Ben Zion, a reporter at the Associated Press, is a former news editor at The Times of Israel. He holds a Masters degree in Diplomacy from Tel Aviv University and an Honors Bachelors degree from the University of Toronto in Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations, Jewish Studies, and English.

Israeli soldiers at the scene where two IDF soldiers were stabbed near the West Bank settlement of Shilo on April 08, 2015. (photo credit: FLASH90)
Israeli soldiers at the scene where two IDF soldiers were stabbed near the West Bank settlement of Shilo on April 08, 2015. (photo credit: FLASH90)

An IDF soldier was stabbed in the neck and seriously injured near the West Bank settlement of Shiloh Wednesday, and a second was stabbed and lightly injured.

The Palestinian attacker was shot dead by First Sergeant Tomer Lan, who was lightly injured in the attack and received treatment on site.

The seriously hurt soldier, 20, received medical treatment on site and was airlifted to a Jerusalem hospital, a Magen David Adom paramedic said.

“He came running at me shouting,” Lan told Army Radio. “He drew the knife, stabbed me twice in the back. I got up, cocked my weapon, shot and killed him.”

The incident took place around 10 a.m. north of Ramallah on Route 60, the main artery in the West Bank, outside the West Bank settlement of Shiloh.

Palestinian sources identified the attacker as Muhammad Karakera, 29, from the nearby village of Sinjil, Ynet reported. Palestinian security officials said IDF soldiers raided Karakera’s home and interrogated his father. No arrests were made. Karakera’s body was taken to the Abu Kabir Forensic Institute.

Overnight on Wednesday, Israeli security forces arrested nine Palestinians suspected of involvement in riots and terrorist attacks against Israeli civilians and security personnel in the West Bank.

The IDF said that the persons were detained for questioning.

Last week an IDF soldier was stabbed by a Palestinian near the security barrier near Oranit, east of Tel Aviv, suffering light injuries. He overcame his attacker, who was arrested and interrogated by Israeli authorities.

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