IDF foils stabbing attack in settlement, arrests Palestinian with knife
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IDF foils stabbing attack in settlement, arrests Palestinian with knife

Troops say suspect detained near Negohot with weapon, military jacket, map of Israeli community

Illustrative: Knife belonging to Palestinian man who was arrested as he approached a senior IDF officer's vehicle, near the West Bank settlement Negohot, southwest of Hebron, on September 30, 2016. (IDF Spokesperson's Unit)
Illustrative: Knife belonging to Palestinian man who was arrested as he approached a senior IDF officer's vehicle, near the West Bank settlement Negohot, southwest of Hebron, on September 30, 2016. (IDF Spokesperson's Unit)

A Palestinian man planning a terror attack was arrested Wednesday near the West Bank settlement of Negohot holding a knife and a map of the Israeli community, security forces said.

“A short while ago, IDF troops thwarted an attempted terror attack next to the community of Negohot, southwest of Hebron,” the military said in a statement.

“Soldiers apprehended a Palestinian suspect wearing a military-style jacket near the community,” the army said, adding that a knife and a map of the settlement were found in the suspect’s possession.

“The suspect and the found items were transferred to [the] security forces,” the statement said.

The incident comes three days after a pair of Palestinians wearing army uniforms tried to infiltrate the settlement of Itamar in the northern West Bank. One of the suspects was arrested with a pair of binoculars, but no weapons, the IDF said, while the second one fled and was searched for by soldiers in the area between the settlement and the Palestinian village of Beit Furik.

A Palestinian suspect arrested near the West Bank settlement of Itamar on January 28, 2018. (Samaria Regional Council)

A week ago, security forces foiled another attempted stabbing at the West Bank Tapuah Junction, when police said border guards opened fire and subdued two Palestinians who attacked them. A spokesman for the Samaria Regional Council said the two, both 16, from the West Bank city of Jenin, suffered leg injuries and were taken to a hospital.

Times of Israel staff contributed to this report.

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