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Eight lightly hurt in suspected terror stabbing near Modiin; assailant shot dead

Eight Israelis were slightly injured in a suspected terror attack near the central Israeli city of Modiin on Thursday evening, medics and police said.

Officials said the attacker stopped his vehicle at a traffic light, close to the Shilat intersection, and began opening car doors and attacking people with a knife and pepper spray.

According to Magen David Adom’s ambulance service, two men in separate cars – 39 and 23 – were treated for minor stab wounds to their hands.

Another five people – passengers of the two cars – were treated by MDA medics after being treated with pepper spray.

The attacker was shot dead by an off-duty Border Patrol agent who was in the area, police said.

MDA added that the officer was also treated for a minor injury.

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The site of a suspected stabbing near the Shilat Junction near Modiin on September 22, 2022. (Courtesy)

Police officials said the attacker was a 22-year-old Palestinian from the Ramallah region. In a separate statement, police said he was a resident of East Jerusalem.

Police described the incident as a terrorist attack. The Shilat Junction is close to the security barrier in the West Bank.

In a conversation with Israeli Police Commissioner Kobi Shabtai, Border Patrol Officer, Sgt. maj. ‘Dalet’ – identified only by his rank and initial of his first name in Hebrew – said he saved his partner from being stabbed.

“I was at a red light, so I slowed down. Just as I was stopping, I saw a man running on his shoulder to the car. He opened my partner’s door and tried to stab her,” Dalet said in a video released by police.

“I accelerated, stopped the vehicle nearby, got out and shot him,” he said.

The incident came hours after a suspected car attack on Israeli forces in the northern West Bank.

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A Palestinian man hit a soldier stationed near Huwara with his car, slightly injuring him, Israeli forces said.

Israeli troops are seen at the site of a suspected car crash attack in Huwara, in the northern West Bank, September 22, 2022. (Social media)

Troops opened fire on the vehicle and the driver crashed. He was arrested and taken in for further questioning.

The military initially believed the incident was an accident, but later said it was still investigating the matter.

The incidents come at a time of increasing violence in the West Bank, particularly in the northern area.

Earlier Thursday, early shots were fired towards the Har Bracha settlement in the West Bank near Nablus and a nearby military post, the IDF said.

Palestinian gunmen have targeted numerous military posts, troops operating along the West Bank’s security barrier, and Israeli civilians on the roads in recent months.

Israeli security officials have warned in recent months that the Palestinian Authority is losing control of the northern West Bank.

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