MIDDLE EAST

Israel settler dies in West Bank stabbing attack

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 30 April, 2013, 3:37pm
UPDATED : Tuesday, 30 April, 2013, 3:55pm

An Israeli settler was killed on Tuesday by a knife-wielding Palestinian in a stabbing attack at a bus stop in the northern West Bank, Israel police said.

“The Palestinian suspect stabbed an Israeli sitting at a bus stop. He died,” police spokeswoman Luba Samri said, adding that the incident took place near Tapuah junction which lies south of the city of Nablus.

Israeli border police sped to the area and fired towards the attacker, who grabbed his victim’s weapon and returned fire but was eventually disarmed and taken into custody, she said.

“He grabbed the [victim’s] weapon and fired towards the border police force that was in the area. They fired back and neutralised him,” she said.

The Palestinian, a resident of the northern town of Tulkarem, was injured and evacuated to an Israeli hospital, she added.

The victim, a man in his 20s, lived in a settlement in the northern West Bank, Samri said, without saying which.