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IDF seals off West Bank village in hunt for terrorist who stabbed jogger

Army says only ‘humanitarian cases’ allowed in or out of Nahalin after Tomer Ditur, 28, wounded in nearby attack

Judah Ari Gross is The Times of Israel's military correspondent.

Illustrative photo of IDF soldiers in the West Bank on January 17, 2016 (AFP/Menahem Kahana)
Illustrative photo of IDF soldiers in the West Bank on January 17, 2016 (AFP/Menahem Kahana)

The IDF closed off the Palestinian village of Nahalin on Tuesday evening as it searched for a terror suspect who stabbed an Israeli man outside a nearby West Bank settlement, an army official said.

The victim, later named as Tomer Ditur, 28, was moderately injured Tuesday afternoon when he was attacked outside Neve Daniel, south of Jerusalem, while out jogging. His condition was later upgraded to lightly wounded.

Nahalin is located just west of the Etzion settlement bloc, and, according to reports, the assailant fled in that direction after the attack.

“Currently, the entrances and exits of Nahalin are closed, with the exception of humanitarian cases,” an IDF spokesperson said.

Ditur, from the nearby settlement of Rosh Tzurim in the Etzion Bloc, arrived at the gate of Neve Daniel with stab wounds, according to the IDF. The stabber reportedly fled the scene.

Medics wheel a wounded Israeli man, stabbed in a terror attack, into the emergency room of the Shaare Zedek Medical Center on February 9, 2016. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90
Medics wheel a wounded Israeli man, stabbed in a terror attack, into the emergency room of the Shaare Zedek Medical Center on February 9, 2016. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90

Magen David Adom paramedics said they treated a man with stab wounds to his upper body. He was taken to the Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem, a spokesman for the ambulance service said.

Ditur had been out jogging when he was stabbed, a paramedic who treated him told Army Radio.

Moti Ben Shoshan, a Magen David Adom medic, said the wounded man was fully conscious when they arrived on the scene.

“We gave him medical treatment, including stopping the bleeding and bandaging his wound. We loaded him onto the intensive care ambulance and took him to the hospital,” he said.

The IDF last week sealed off the village of Qabatiya for three days after three of its residents killed 19-year-old border policewoman Hadar Cohen in a stabbing and shooting attack in Jerusalem.

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Raoul Wootliff and Times of Israel staff contributed to this report.

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