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Off-duty soldier who shot terrorist was headed to memorial for recent attack victim

Emanuel (Mannie) Fabian is The Times of Israel's military correspondent.

Pvt. Yud speaks in a video statement issued by the military, November 15, 2022. (Israel Defense Forces)
Pvt. Yud speaks in a video statement issued by the military, November 15, 2022. (Israel Defense Forces)

One of the off-duty soldiers who killed the terrorist following this morning’s deadly rampage near Ariel was heading to a memorial for a man killed in a terror attack last month, the military says.

Prior to his enlistment in the Armored Corps, the private, who can only be identified by his rank and first initial, worked at a store owned by Shalom Sofer.

On October 25, 63-year-old Sofer was stabbed by a Palestinian terrorist after he exited a store in al-Funduq, a Palestinian village near the settlement of Kedumim. After being hospitalized in serious condition Sofer was released, but he succumbed to his injuries last Tuesday at home.

“This morning while I was driving on Route 5 I noticed an unusual incident on the road. When I realized it was a terror attack, I got out of the car, identified the terrorist, and opened fire at him,” the soldier says in video statement published by the IDF.

Another on-duty Golani Brigade soldier and armed civilians also opened fire at the terrorist, killing him.

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