A Palestinian terrorist stabbed and lightly wounded a Border Police officer at the Tapuah junction on Monday, the second such attack on security personnel in the area in less than 48 hours.
The Border Police said in a statement that the assailant approached the officers at the checkpoint and told them he was not feeling well. The officers told the man to halt, but he continued to approach them, then pulled out a knife and stabbed an officer, lightly wounding him. The statement said the officer managed to push away the attacker and his partner opened fire, critically wounding the terrorist.
The attacker was treated at the scene by IDF medics, but died of his wounds, the army confirmed.
The wounded officer, “D”, was quoted in the statement saying that the whole incident “was over in a matter of seconds,” and that he suffered only a superficial wound and would soon be back at his post.
Lone wolf attacks or a new intifada?
Monday’s attack follows a stabbing very close to Tapuah junction on Saturday evening, in which a Palestinian man lightly wounded a Border Police officer at a check - point on the highway near the Palestinian village of Huwara. The attacker was shot and killed by other border policemen at the scene.
The attack at Tapuah junction on Monday also bore some similarities to another assault on Saturday, when a Palestinian terrorist asked a soldier for a cup of water at a checkpoint on Highway 443 near Beit Horon, and then stabbed the soldier after he turned his back, lightly wounding him. The Border Police, the IDF, and the Israel Police have been on high alert since an arson attack on a Palestinian house in the West Bank village of Duma on July 31 killed an 18-month-old baby and his father, and left the mother and older brother in critical condition. The attack – believed to have been carried out by Jewish terrorists – has sparked fears of reprisal attacks, especially of the spontaneous “lone-wolf” variety.