A knife-wielding Palestinian man in his late 40s was shot dead on Tuesday morning while attempting to stab a private security guard at the Kalandiya checkpoint between Jerusalem and Ramallah.
Police said that shortly after 10 a.m. the unidentified West Bank resident walked along a checkpoint lane designated for cars toward the guards on duty, with a knife concealed in his pocket.
“When the security guard approached him and asked him to identify himself, the suspect took a large knife from his pocket and attempted to stab him three times,” said police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld.
“Fearing for his life, the guard pushed him back and opened fire, shooting and killing the terrorist, who we know is from one of the Palestinian areas in the West Bank.” The guard was unharmed.
“His quick thinking and actions prevented more people from being harmed,” Rosenfeld said.
The attack caused a temporary closure of the checkpoint.