Three killed, three wounded in Samaria terror attack; assailant neutralized

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The Palestinian terrorist went on a stabbing spree in Ariel’s industrial zone, and then slammed his getaway vehicle into oncoming cars before getting out and stabbing another victim.

(JNS) Three Israelis were killed and three others wounded on Tuesday when a Palestinian terrorist went on a stabbing spree in Ariel in Samaria, before fleeing the scene in a stolen vehicle, hitting several cars on a nearby highway, and then stabbing another individual.

The assailant stabbed one person at the entrance to the Ariel Industrial Park and two others at an adjacent gas station, according to the Israeli military.

He then fled the scene in a stolen vehicle, which he subsequently slammed into several cars on Route 5 before exiting the car and stabbing another person and stealing a second vehicle and driving it against traffic, according to Channel 12.

At this stage, security personnel shot and neutralized him, according to the report.

Medics said that those killed were two men in their 40s who were stabbed at the gas station, and another man in his 50s who was rammed by the terrorist.

The Palestinian Authority Health Ministry identified the terrorist as Muhammed Souf, 18, according to Palestinian reports.

The IDF was conducting a search for a second suspect in connection with the attack.

Outgoing Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid released a statement following the attack, stating, “The citizens of Israel awakened today to a difficult and painful morning. A despicable terrorist has carried out a heinous terrorist attack in Ariel. On behalf of the Government and State of Israel, I send my condolences to the families of those murdered and my wishes for a speedy recovery to the wounded.

“We are relentlessly fighting terrorism with the full might of … the security forces,” the statement continued, adding: “Recently, we have succeeded in dismantling extensive terrorist infrastructure and planning, but we must fight this war every day anew. Our security forces are working around the clock to protect the citizens of Israel and target terrorist infrastructure anytime, anywhere.”

Israeli Prime Minister-designate Benjamin Netanyahu wrote on Twitter: “Praying for the peace of those injured in the serious attack in Ariel and strengthening the security forces operating in the area.”

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