Condition of soldier seriously injured in West Bank stabbing rapidly improves

Soldier's condition is now defined as moderate.

April 9, 2015 11:46
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Shioloh Junction terror attack

Scene of stabbing attack in West Bank near Shiloh Junction on Route 60. (photo credit: TAZPIT)

The soldier who was seriously wounded in a stabbing attack in the West Bank on Wednesday has experienced a rapid improvement in his health condition. His condition is now defined as moderate. 

Two soldiers were attacked by a knife-wielding terrorist on Route 60 in the West Bank on Wednesday morning, before one of the victims shot him dead.

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The soldier who sustained serious injuries to the hand and the neck was fully conscious and was communicating with his surroundings on Thursday morning. He is still in the Intensive Care Unit of Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem. 

The other soldier who shot the Palestinian terrorist, Sgt. Tomer Lan, a combat medic from the Home Front Command’s Tavor Battalion, recounted the incident from his hospital bed on Wednesday.  

Lan said his unit had been deployed near the Shiloh junction to secure the road during the Passover vacation period. He was standing beside an army vehicle when a Palestinian approached the soldiers.

“He passed me, and continued walking for about 100 meters, before disappearing,” Lan said. “After a few seconds, he did a kind of U-turn and headed back in my direction.

When he was within a few meters from me, he started running and yelling, and pulled out a knife and stabbed me in the back.

“I fell and landed on rocks on the side of the road. While I was on the ground, he entered the vehicle where two of my friends were sitting and began stabbing them. I cocked my rifle while I was on the ground, aimed at him, and shot and killed him.”

“He said he was alright,” Lan recalled of his friend who was seriously injured. “I started giving him first aid. I stopped the bleeding from the neck as we called Magen David Adom and army [back-up] forces.”

Yaakov Lappin contributed to this report.

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