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PM praises quick action of troops who shot attacker

Police: Border guard hurt in ramming-stabbing attack outside Jerusalem

Palestinian assailant shot dead by troops during assault at checkpoint near Ma’ale Adumim settlement; pipe bomb found at scene

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

The scene of a combined car ramming-stabbing attack at a checkpoint near the Maale Adumim settlement in the West Bank on April 22, 2020. (Israel Police)
The scene of a combined car ramming-stabbing attack at a checkpoint near the Maale Adumim settlement in the West Bank on April 22, 2020. (Israel Police)

A Border Police officer was moderately injured in a combined car-ramming and stabbing attack at a West Bank checkpoint east of Jerusalem on Wednesday morning, police said.

According to police, the Palestinian assailant rammed his van into the border guard at the “Kiyosk” checkpoint near the Ma’ale Adumim settlement, then got out of the vehicle and attacked the officer with a pair of scissors before other troops at the scene shot him dead.

A pipe bomb was also found at the scene, which police said the assailant apparently planned to throw at the troops at the checkpoint. The area was closed off until sappers could remove the explosive device.

Medics said the border guard, who was in his twenties, sustained moderate wounds in the attack. He was taken to Jerusalem’s Shaare Zedek Medical Center for treatment.

Graphic footage from the attack showed the Palestinian assailant accelerate his van into the Border Police officer, then get out of the vehicle and attack him with the scissors.

The border guard initially fights back against his attacker and shoves him away. The officer then runs away as other border guards at the scene are seen opening fire at the assailant.

The identity of the assailant was not immediately released.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu praised the Border Police officers who shot the assailant.

“On behalf of all Israelis, I send my wishes for a fast recovery to the officer who was hurt, and praise the troops who worked quickly to neutralize the terrorist,” Netanyahu said in a statement.

The incident came amid a general dip in the number of terror attacks in the West Bank during the coronavirus pandemic.

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