Palestinian kills Israeli in West Bank

AFP-JIJI

A knife-wielding Palestinian stabbed to death an Israeli settler in the northern West Bank on Tuesday, in the first fatal anti-Israeli attack in the territory in 18 months, officials said.

The attack, near Tapuah junction south of Nablus, prompted clashes between Jewish settlers and Palestinians in a nearby village, security sources said.

“The Palestinian suspect stabbed an Israeli sitting at a bus stop. He died,” police spokeswoman Luba Samri said. “He grabbed the (victim’s) weapon and fired towards the border police force that was in the area. They fired back and neutralized him.”

Police named the victim as Eviatar Borovsky, saying he was a father of five in his 30s from the nearby settlement of Yitzhar.

The Israeli Army confirmed details of the incident and said the attacker had been evacuated in “moderate to severe condition.”

Palestinian sources identified the attacker as Salam Mohammed al-Zaghal from the town of Tulkarem who had been released last month after completing a three-year term in an Israeli jail.