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Attackers try to stab soldier near West Bank checkpoint

One assailant shot and killed, second person arrested near Gilboa Crossing north of Jenin, in second attack in three days at checkpoint

Israeli security forces stand guard at the Gilboa/Jalama checkpoint, located north of the West Bank town of Jenin, on October 24, 2015. (Jaafar Ashtiyeh/AFP)
Israeli security forces stand guard at the Gilboa/Jalama checkpoint, located north of the West Bank town of Jenin, on October 24, 2015. (Jaafar Ashtiyeh/AFP)

Two Palestinians attempted to stab a soldier at a a gas station adjacent to a crossing point in the northern West Bank Monday morning, police said.

One attacker was shot and killed and the second one arrested, a police spokesperson said in a statement.

There were no injuries among Israeli soldiers.

The attack occurred at the Gilboa/Jalame crossing on Route 60 between Israel proper and the West Bank, north of the town of Jenin.

According to the IDF, soldiers approached the two suspects at a gas station next to the crossing.

“One of the suspects then attempted to stab a soldier with a knife and was shot by the force.The second suspect was apprehended,” a statement from the military said.

The army said the attacker who was shot received medical care at the site.

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The attack was the second at the checkpoint in three days.

On Saturday, a Palestinian teen was shot and killed there by troops after he attempted to stab a soldier with a knife.

On October 24, a man selling Krembo snacks at the checkpoint ran at soldiers with a knife and was shot and killed.

The attack Monday was the latest in a spate of nearly daily stabbing attempts on soldiers and civilians in the West Bank in recent weeks, amid spiraling violence.

Most of the West Bank attacks have occurred along Route 60, a main north-south artery. While the majority of incidents have been concentrated in Jerusalem and near the southern West Bank city of Hebron, there have also been a number of attacks in the Jenin area.

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