A woman was killed and two people were injured in a stabbing attack at the West Bank settlement of Alon Shvut Monday afternoon, in the second terrorist attack of its kind in a day.
Police said the attack occurred at a bus stop at the entrance to the Etzion bloc settlement south of Jerusalem around 4:45 p.m.
The victim, 26-year-old Dalia Lemkus from Tekoa, was stabbed in her neck, and declared dead at the site. Lemkus was the daughter of South African immigrants to Israel.
The stabber was shot by a guard on duty at the site, police said. Initial reports indicated he was killed, but later reports dispelled that claim. Magen David Adom said he was in serious condition.
A 26-year-old man suffered light-moderate injuries, and a man in his 50s was lightly hurt in the incident. Their names were not released.
Channel 2 reported that the older man was driving by the scene when he saw the attack in progress, then stopped his car and wrestled with the attacker before suffering an injury to his face.
Security camera footage of the attack released soon after appeared to show a minivan ram into a bus stop, striking at least one bystander. The stabber then comes into the frame, and stands over the victim, apparently stabbing her several times.
He then crosses the street and fights a male driver, before a security guard runs up, fires at the terrorist, and chases him up the street.
The terrorist was identified as Maher Hamdi al-Hashalmoun from Hebron.
Hashalmoun, affiliated with Islamic Jihad, spent four and a half years in Israeli custody for throwing Molotov cocktails, and was released five years ago.
Reports indicated that the terrorist first tried to ram into the three people waiting at the stop with his Subaru minivan. When he failed to run them over, he left his car and attacked them with a knife.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu decided to convene an emergency security meeting Monday night following the day’s attacks.
Alon Shvut is several kilometers from the spot where soldiers were run over by a van driven by a Palestinian last week.
It is also next to the hitchhiking station where three Israeli teens were kidnapped before being murdered in June.
Lemkus was stabbed in February 2006 at the Gush Etzion Junction, according to a piece she wrote on an Israeli media site.
The attack came hours after a soldier was stabbed in Tel Aviv by a Palestinian man in what officials said was a terror attack.
The soldier was in critical condition Monday afternoon.
The terrorist in that case was apprehended by police and was hospitalized with light injuries.
Housing Minister Uri Ariel wrote on his Facebook page that “Terrorists need to be killed, period. Abu Mazen and the rest of his friends in his terror government, are inciting the Arab public to murder innocent Jews, and security forces are busy containing the anger. I demand that the prime minister untie the hands of the security forces so they can crush the head of the snake.”
Avi Issacharoff contributed to this report.