Palestinian woman killed in attempt to stab officers — police

Palestinian woman killed in attempt to stab officers — police

Alleged attacker approaches Tapuah Junction in West Bank, is shot after ignoring warning fire; no Israelis injured

A Palestinian woman allegedly attempted a stabbing attack at the Tapuah Junction, south of Nablus in the West Bank, Wednesday, and was shot dead by Israeli police.

There were no injuries to Israeli security forces or civilians.

“Attempted stabbing at Tapuah Junction,” the Israel Police tweeted. “A short while ago a female suspect approached Border Police officers at the scene holding a knife. When she failed to heed their calls to halt, they shot and neutralized her.”

In a subsequent statement confirming the alleged attacker was killed, police said officers fired warning shots in the air before opening fire on her. They said she was 19 years old, from the nearby village of Asira ash-Shamaliya.

In the aftermath of the attack, the junction was closed to traffic.

The junction has been the scene of several stabbing, shooting, and car-ramming attacks.

Officials have feared a resurgence of a wave of stabbing, shooting and car-ramming attacks with the onset of the fall Jewish holiday season, when religious tensions often spike. Last week, two people were shot to death and several were wounded by a Palestinian terrorist in a shooting attack at Jerusalem’s Ammunition Hill.

October 2015 marked the start of several months of near-daily attacks during which at least 34 Israelis were killed in a spate of Palestinian attacks. Over 200 Palestinians were also killed during that time, most of them attackers or involved in clashes with troops.

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