Police: Palestinian arrested near Jerusalem, says he planned stabbing attack
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Police: Palestinian arrested near Jerusalem, says he planned stabbing attack

Suspicious man questioned and detained in settlement of Har Adar, leads police to location where he hid a knife, allegedly intended for use in terror attack

A knife hidden by a Palestinian man near the settlement of Har Adar, which he purportedly intended to use in a stabbing attack (Israel Police)
A knife hidden by a Palestinian man near the settlement of Har Adar, which he purportedly intended to use in a stabbing attack (Israel Police)

Police on Saturday morning arrested a Palestinian in a settlement near Jerusalem who said he had intended to carry out a stabbing attack in the area.

Units were called to Har Adar, off the main highway between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, after security guards spotted a man acting suspiciously in the community.

The man, in his 20s, was detained and questioned, whereupon he admitted having earlier hidden a knife nearby, which he said he had intended to use in a stabbing attack. He led officers to the hiding place, where they found the knife.

The suspect was taken in for further questioning.

On Monday, Israeli troops shot dead a Palestinian man who the army said attempted to stab a soldier at the Gitai Junction in the northern West Bank. No Israeli troops were injured in the incident.

Several hours after the attempted stabbing, the Kan public broadcaster reported that the assailant was a resident of Biddya, the same hometown as a 47-year-old Palestinian mother of eight who was killed last Friday night when a rock was hurled at her car in the northern West Bank.

The woman, Aisha Muhammad Talal Rabi, was driving in the car with her husband near the Tapuah Junction when the rock struck her in the head. A spokesman for the Shin Bet has confirmed that the security agency opened a probe into the incident, indicating it was suspected of being an act of terror committed by local Jewish settlers.

On October 11 a 30-year-old reservist soldier was stabbed by a Palestinian assailant in the northern West Bank. A civilian woman, 26, was lightly injured in the leg by shrapnel from shots fired at the assailant who fled the scene.

IDF troops aided by Shin Bet and Border Police forces captured the suspected assailant, a 19-year-old Palestinian from the northern West Bank village of Jamma’in, just hours after the attack.

Jacob Magid and Judah Ari Gross contributed to this report.

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