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Report: West Bank Suspect Arrested in Stabbing of IDF Soldier

Israeli security forces gather at the site of a reported attack at the Barkan Industrial Park near the Israeli settlement of Ariel in the occupied West Bank on October 7, 2018. - A shooting attack by a Palestinian at an industrial zone for a West Bank settlement on Sunday killed …
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The suspect in the stabbing of an army reservist outside an Israel Defense Forces base in the northern West Bank has been arrested following a manhunt, the Shin Bet security service announced Thursday night, hours after the attack.

In addition to the soldier, who was moderately hurt, a civilian woman, 26, was lightly injured by a ricochet from shots fired at the assailant. The Shin Bet identified the stabber as a 19-year-old man from the village of Jamma’in in the northern West Bank. The suspect has not been named.

Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman praised “outstanding intelligence and operational work in capturing the terrorist,” in a tweet Thursday night. He said the forces that had been shifted to the search for the stabber would return to an ongoing manhunt for Palestinian man Ashraf Na’alowa, who has been on the run since killing two people in a terror attack at the Barkan industrial zone Sunday, according to Israeli authorities.

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