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Police: Assailant tries to stab officer near West Bank city of Hebron

No injuries in attempted attack; suspect subdued

Israeli police and soldiers inspect the scene of a thwarted stabbing attack at Elias junction near Hebron and the settlement of Kiryat Arba in the West Bank on November 5, 2018. (HAZEM BADER / AFP)
Illustrative: Israeli police and soldiers inspect the scene of a thwarted stabbing attack at Elias junction near Hebron and the settlement of Kiryat Arba in the West Bank on November 5, 2018. (HAZEM BADER / AFP)

Police said on Monday said that a Palestinian man tried to stab an officer at a junction near the West Bank city of Hebron.

There were no Israeli injuries in the attack at the Okfim intersection.

Police said the officer cocked his weapon and subdued the suspect without opening fire. The knife was recovered at the scene.

“Heightened security continues in the area,” police said.

A knife recovered from the scene of an attempted stabbing outside the West Bank city of Hebron on October 5, 2020. (Israel Police)

According to police, the suspect approached the officers on foot, with his hands behind his back.

“The officer who was suspicious of [the man] ordered him to stop. As he kept coming in the officer’s direction and didn’t listen to his calls [to stop], at some point the officer realized the suspect was holding a knife in his hand. The officer again shouted at the suspect to stop and when he didn’t respond to the call, the officer cocked his weapon and overpowered him,” the police said.

Police said the suspect was a 19-year-old resident of Hebron.

Last month the Israel Defense Forces said an assailant approached a group of soldiers outside the settlement-city of Ariel and attempted to stab them before running away.

No soldiers were wounded in the failed attack at the Ariel Junction in the northern West Bank, according to the military.

Earlier in September an Israeli soldier and police officer were lightly wounded in a suspected car-ramming attack in the northern West Bank.

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