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Troops foil stabbing near Abu Dis, shoot attacker dead

Palestinian teen armed with knife runs at guards; moments later, Palestinian arrested for attempted attack near Qalqilya

Raoul Wootliff is the The Times of Israel's political correspondent.

Border police secure the site of a stabbing attempt at the Kiosk Junction near the East Jerusalem village of Abu Dis, November 10, 2015. (Photo courtesy of Israel Police)
Border police secure the site of a stabbing attempt at the Kiosk Junction near the East Jerusalem village of Abu Dis, November 10, 2015. (Photo courtesy of Israel Police)

Border Police shot dead a Palestinian teenager Tuesday afternoon as he attempted to stab officers near the East Jerusalem village of Abu Dis, in the third stabbing attack of the day against Israelis.

According to police, officers approached the man at the Kiosk Junction in order to search him. He then pulled out a knife and ran at the guards who shot and disarmed him on the spot.

“He mumbled something to me, I was sure that he had come to ask for assistance, he suddenly pulled out a knife and ran at me,” described one of the officers.

The assailant died of his wounds at the site. No other injuries were reported. He was later identified as a 16-year-old from the West Bank city of Jenin, the Walla website reported.

The knife used in the Abu Dis stabbing attack, November 11, 2015. (Photo by United Hatzalah)
The knife used in the Abu Dis stabbing attack, November 11, 2015. (Photo by United Hatzalah)

Also Tuesday afternoon, a Palestinian was arrested in Ras el-Tira near the northern West Bank city of Qalqilya for allegedly attempting to stab an IDF soldier.

According to initial reports on Channel 10, the attacker was participating in a riot at the site. No IDF soldiers were hurt in the incident. There was no immediate word on the condition of the attacker.

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The attacks come on the heels of two earlier incidents in Jerusalem. In the northeastern neighborhood of Pisgat Ze’ev, two Palestinian youths stabbed a security guard at a light rail station, moderately wounding him. The injured guard fired at his two attackers, wounding the younger one, aged 11. Passengers subdued the second attacker as he attempted to flee.

Minutes later, a Palestinian assailant attempted to stab security guards at the Damascus Gate of the Old City, who shot and disarmed him. The attacker, a 37-year-old East Jerusalem resident, was taken to Hadassah Mount Scopus Hospital in critical condition where he died of his wounds.

Police released footage of the attack caught on security cameras.

Also Tuesday, a Molotov cocktail was thrown at a bus traveling on Route 443, in the West Bank northwest of Jerusalem. The bus sustained damage but there were no injuries, according to Israel Radio.

In a separate incident, a man has was lightly injured in a stone throwing attack in the West Bank outside Ramallah. He was treated at the entrance to the Psagot settlement.

Judah Ari Gross contributed to this report.

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