Knife (illustrative) 370.
(photo credit: Knife)
The Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet) and police announced the solving of two
stabbing terror attacks that occurred earlier this year.
In the first
attack, on January 23, an Israeli civilian was stabbed and moderately injured at
the Tapuah Junction in the northern West Bank.
“On the same day, a
suspect was arrested.
He confessed to carrying out the attack, and
reenacted it,” security forces said.
They named the suspect as
23-year-old Mustafa Barghouti, of Beit Rima in the Binyamin region, and a
student at the Nablus Al-Najah University. He was arrested by Border Police
following a short chase.
“The suspect said he acted on his own accord,
without accomplices, and that his initial aim was to murder a soldier,” security
During questioning, Barghouti “expressed no regret, and said
he’d have no problem with the injured civilian dying from his
Barghouti was charged on March 7 with attempted murder and
carrying and manufacturing a weapon.
The second case involved a stabbing
of an Israeli civilian on February 4 in east Jerusalem. The attack victim was
lightly injured, as the knife was lodged in a prayer book in his shirt
On the scene, police arrested 28-year-old Samar Ahmed Mahmoud
Matar, a resident of the village of Idna, in the South Mount Hebron region, and
handed him over to the Shin Bet for questioning.
The suspect told the
Shin Bet he had planned to murder a haredi man or a settler for three months,
and entered Jerusalem illegally for that purpose several days before the
He also confessed to weighing the possibility of building an
explosives device and planting it on a bus carrying haredi passengers in Beit
“Matar, a Hamas member, was placed in administrative detention
between 2009 and 2011 due to his activities in Hamas and plans to carry out
attacks,” security forces said.
Matar was charged with two counts of
attempted murder, membership in an illegal organization, contact with the enemy
and manufacturing weapons.