Attempted vehicle and stabbing attack near Ofra

An Arab terrorist attempted to run over and stab soldiers near a checkpoint in the Jewish community of Ofra in Binyamin area early Saturday morning. No IDF forces were injured in the terror attack.

Following the attempted vehicular assault, soldiers opened fire at the terrorist’s vehicle, prompting him to exit the vehicle with a knife and attempt to stab the soldiers. IDF forces opened fire severely wounding the terrorist. The terrorist, 30, was evacuated to Hadassah Medical Center in Mt. Scopus.

Soldiers from the Kfir Brigade, who are responsible for the sector, set up the checkpoint in response to an attempted attack that occurred Friday in which a terrorist opened fire in the direction of Ofra causing no damage and wounding no one. Security forces found shell casings and the IDF and Shin Bet are investigating if there is a connection between the two attacks.

The two attacks come during a particularly eventful weekend which saw two other attempted attacks thwarted by security forces.

A 23 year-old Arab terrorist from Hevron was arrested following the discovery of a knife after a body search was conducted. Border Police became suspicious of the Arab’s behavior and conducted the search after he refused to stop. Following his arrest and questioning, it was revealed that he planned to carry out a stabbing attack at the Cave of the Patriarchs.

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In addition to the attempted attack in Hevron, two eight year-old Arab children from Beit Fajjar carrying knives were detained by IDF forces by the border fence near the Jewish community of Migdal Oz in Gush Etzion. During questioning, the children said an adult man gave them the knives and told them to carry out an attack. They were transferred to Palestinian Authority police.

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