IDF soldier said lightly hurt in possible car-ramming attack
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IDF soldier said lightly hurt in possible car-ramming attack

Incident takes place near Palestinian village of Beit Ur al-Tahta, home to one of the terrorists who carried out Monday’s deadly stabbing in Beit Horon

Security forces attend the site of a possible car-ramming attack on Route 443 near Jerusalem that left a soldier wounded, on January 26, 2016 (Photo: Israel Hatzolah)
Security forces attend the site of a possible car-ramming attack on Route 443 near Jerusalem that left a soldier wounded, on January 26, 2016 (Photo: Israel Hatzolah)

An IDF soldier was lightly injured Tuesday afternoon in a possible car-ramming terrorist attack on Route 443, near the Atarot Junction north of Jerusalem.

Police said the apparent car-ramming occurred at a checkpoint at the entrance to the West Bank Palestinian village of Beit Ur al-Tahta, the hometown of one of the terrorists who carried out a deadly stabbing in the nearby settlement of Beit Horon on Monday.

The vehicle which hit the soldier was seen fleeing into the Palestinian village, and IDF forces were searching the area for the driver.

Earlier Tuesday, a 23-year-old woman injured in a terrorist attack Monday died of her wounds, hospital officials said. Shlomit Krigman sustained serious injuries during a stabbing attack in the West Bank settlement of Beit Horon.

Despite efforts to stabilize her, she deteriorated overnight and died in the early hours of Tuesday morning, a statement from the hospital said.

Another woman, 58, was moderately injured in the attack, which took place outside a small market inside the settlement.

Medics wheel a wounded Israeli woman into the emergency room of the Shaare Zedek Medical Center on January 25, 2016. She was one of two Israeli women injured in a stabbing attack at the entrance to Beit Horon, in the West Bank. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)
Medics wheel a wounded Israeli woman into the emergency room of the Shaare Zedek Medical Center on January 25, 2016. She was one of two Israeli women injured in a stabbing attack at the entrance to Beit Horon, in the West Bank. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

The two terrorists who stabbed the women were named as Ibrahim Al’an, 23, from Beit Ur al-Tahta, and Hussein Abu Ghosh, 17, from the Qalandiya refugee camp near Jerusalem.

Security footage showed the two terrorists, clad in black and with knives raised, attempting to enter the grocery store but being blocked by a man, store owner Mordechai Shalem, who pushed them away with a shopping cart.

During a sweep of the surrounding area, police officers found two “suspicious objects,” which they feared could be pipe bombs, a police spokesperson said. A sapper was called to the scene to determine if the objects were indeed improvised explosive devices, and disarm them if need be, the official said.

Officials said later that the devices were improvised bombs, pointing to a well-planned attack.

The moderately injured woman, in her late 50s, was taken to Jerusalem’s Shaare Zedek Medical Center.

The settlement, home to some 300 families, is situated alongside Route 443, a major highway leading to Jerusalem, and has been mostly immune to other violence that has rocked parts of the West Bank in the last five months. A Border Police base is located next to the entrance of the settlement.

Police officers and emergency service employees at the scene of a terror attack in which two people were wounded by two Palestinian stabbers, in the West Bank settlement of Beit Horon on Monday, January 25 2016 .(Israel Police)
Police officers and emergency service employees at the scene of a terror attack in which two people were wounded by two Palestinian stabbers, in the West Bank settlement of Beit Horon on Monday, January 25 2016 .(Israel Police)

The terror attack was the third in just over a week to take place inside a settlement. On January 17, a terrorist infiltrated the settlement of Otniel in the southern West Bank, stabbing mother-of-six Dafna Meir to death.

A day later, a terrorist sneaked into the settlement of Tekoa, south of Jerusalem, and knifed a pregnant woman, Michal Froman, moderately wounding her.

Times of Israel staff contributed to this report.

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