Israeli forces nab Palestinian suspected of 2016 settlement stabbing
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Israeli forces nab Palestinian suspected of 2016 settlement stabbing

Shin Bet security service says Hamas-affiliated 27-year-old stabbed Efrat resident from behind, whereupon wounded victim scared him off

Jacob Magid is the settlements correspondent for The Times of Israel.

Illustrative image of a new neighborhood in the settlement of Efrat in the West Bank, on January 26, 2017. (Gershon Elinson/Flash90)
Illustrative image of a new neighborhood in the settlement of Efrat in the West Bank, on January 26, 2017. (Gershon Elinson/Flash90)

The Shin Bet security service announced Monday that Israeli forces had apprehended a Palestinian man suspected of carrying out a stabbing attack that moderately injured a man in the Efrat settlement, south of Jerusalem, over two years ago.

The arrest of 27-year-old Ayman Muhammad Ali Fughara from the neighboring village of Jorat al-Sham’a took place last month, the Shin Bet said, adding that the suspect was affiliated with the Hamas terror group

Using a knife that he had purchased in order to carry out the December 2016 attack, the security service said that Fughara approached 50-year-old Efrat resident Rafi Lisker from behind and stabbed him four times. Lisker had been on an evening stroll with his wife, who managed to flee to a home across the street to get help as her husband was being struck.

Lisker managed to keep a distance from the attacker and began screaming “terrorist,” leading Fughara to flee the scene. The suspect remained at large until February.

The military later released video footage of Fughara’s arrest, showing troops from the elite Duvdevan unit entering his home late at night and, upon checking his ID card, taking him into custody.

Investigative findings have been transferred to the IDF’s Military Advocate General in order to file an indictment against Fughara.

Responding to the arrest, the Efrat Local Council thanked the Shin Bet for “not giving up” in its search for the attacker.  The town’s mayor, Oded Revivi, also praised Lisker for engaging the terrorist, even after being stabbed, in a manner that saved lives.

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