Terror attack: Palestinian woman stabs IDF soldier in back in West Bank

Victim was lightly-to-moderately wounded, MDA says; terrorist arrested.

July 15, 2015 14:27
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Female Palestinian terrorist arrested after stabbing soldier. (photo credit: Courtesy)


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An IDF soldier was stabbed in the back by a female Palestinian terrorist near the settlement of Nahliel in the West Bank, the army said Wednesday.

Magen David Adom paramedics said they found the soldier with light-to-moderate stab wounds.

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The soldier was carrying out routine security activity with his unit when the attack occurred. The terrorist has been taken into custody and questioned.

She arrived at a military post where soldiers were stationed, before producing a knife and carrying out the stabbing.

The female terrorist has been named as 22-year-old Ruan Abu Matar, a resident of Bitilu, a village northwest of Ramallah. She has no organizational affiliation, the Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) said, and no known prior security offenses. During questioning, she confessed to attempting to murder a soldier, the Shin Bet added.

“It is apparent that this is a terrorist attack committed by a lone attacker,” the intelligence agency said.

Last month saw some six terrorist attacks in a period of a week and a half in the West Bank and Jerusalem.

Two Israelis were killed in the spate of attacks, prompting the IDF’s Central Command to deploy patrols and increase activities inside Palestinian villages, to gather intelligence and search for suspects in the attacks.

Jerusalem Post staff contributed to this report.

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