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2 Palestinian women try to stab soldier in West Bank, one is shot

Troops at checkpoint open fire on would-be attacker, her companion apprehended without incident

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Israeli troops thwarted an attempted knife attack by two Palestinian woman against a female soldier at a military checkpoint on a West Bank road on Thursday evening.

The two women approached the checkpoint and tried to stab the soldier. One of the women was shot by troops at the scene and the other was apprehended without incident, according to reports. The would-be attacker who was shot sustained serious injuries.

The incident occurred at a checkpoint near Beit Horon on Route 443, one of two main highways connecting Tel Aviv and Jerusalem.

None of the soldiers was injured in the incident.

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The attempted attack came a day after a Palestinian woman and young man attacked border guards with a knife at the Qalandiya crossing in the West Bank, and were gunned down by forces on the scene.

No Israeli forces were injured in that incident, but the two assailants were killed in the attempted assault, police said.

Israeli army paramedics evacuate the body of a Palestinian man at the Qalandiya Checkpoint after an attempted stabbing attack, on April 27, 2016. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)
Israeli army paramedics evacuate the body of a Palestinian man at the Qalandiya checkpoint after an attempted stabbing attack, on April 27, 2016. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

Qalandiya and the adjacent crossing between the West Bank and Israel have been frequent hotspots of conflict in the violence that has rocked Israel since October.

Twenty-nine Israelis and four non-Israelis have been killed in the wave of attacks. Some 200 Palestinians have also been killed, some two-thirds of them while attacking Israelis, and the rest during clashes with troops, according to the Israeli army.

Judah Ari Gross contributed to this report

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