Security forces foil attempted terror attack in settlement near Jerusalem

Initial investigations at the scene discovered a knife, and the suspect was remanded to security officials.

By ALON HOCHMON/MAARIV
October 20, 2018 16:26
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Security forces foil attempted terror attack in settlement near Jerusalem

Israeli soldiers guard near the scene where a Palestinian gunman killed three Israelis and wounded a fourth in an attack on Har Adar before himself being shot dead, September 26, 2017.. (photo credit: REUTERS)

 
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A 20-year-old Palestinian from the West Bank village of Kfar Katna was arrested Saturday morning in the Israeli settlement of Har Adar near Jerusalem, allegedly just before committing a terrorist attack, according to a preliminary interrogation.

Initial investigations at the scene discovered a knife, and the suspect was remanded to security officials, according to a report in The Jerusalem Post's sister publication Maariv.

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This would not have been the first terrorist attack in Har Adar. In September 2017 a Palestinian from the West Bank village of Beit Surik opened fire on a security checkpoint at the entrance to the settlement, killing a member of the border police and two security guards. The settlement's security officer was also critically wounded, and the assailant was shot dead at the scene.

Recent weeks have seen a rise in terror attacks from the West Bank. Two weeks ago, a Palestinian electrician employed at the Barkan Industrial Park murdered two fellow workers, and just a few days later, a Palestinian armed with a knife stabbed a reserves soldier near Nablus, moderately wounding him. The assailant in the latter incident was arrested, but Ashraf Walid Suleiman Na’alwa, who carried out the Barkan attack, remains at large.

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