A 24-year-old Israeli woman died after having been stabbed by a Palestinian near a mini-market in a West Bank settlement.
The attack happened in the Beit Horon community, which is situated alongside the 443 motorway between Jerusalem and Modi’in.
Two attackers, named as 23-year-old Ibrahim Al’an and 17-year-old Hassin Abu Gush, both from nearby villages, are thought to have infiltrated Beit Horon by scaling a fence.
They stabbed two women, including 24-year-old Shlomit Krigman who succumbed to her wounds this morning. Another woman in her 50s was moderately wounded.
The assailants attempted to enter a mini-market, but were stopped by a local resident, who fended them off with a shopping trolley. A security guard then arrived on the scene and shot both the attackers dead. Three suspected pipe bombs were later found during a sweep of the area, indicating a well-planned attack.
Yesterday’s stabbing was the latest in near-daily attacks carried out by Palestinians since October, resulting in the deaths of at least 28 Israelis. It was the third time within a week that terrorists had struck within a settlement community.
Last Sunday, mother-of-six Dafna Meir was stabbed to death at the entrance to her home in Otniel. The following day, a pregnant woman, Michal Froman was stabbed and moderately wounded in Tekoa.
Also yesterday, the Shin Bet security agency announced that 18-year-old Palestinian twin sisters Diana and Nadia Hawilah were arrested near Tulkarm, having planned to carry out a bombing. They had amassed fertilisers and pipe bombs in their home and studied how to use explosives online. The Shin Bet said that the women did not belong to a terror group, but that “the internet is increasingly used to make weapons with the goal of committing terror attacks.”