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Young Woman Killed, 2 Injured In West Bank Stabbing Attack

Young Woman Killed, 2 Injured In West Bank Stabbing Attack

Jerusalem — A young woman was killed and two others were injured in a stabbing attack in the West Bank.

The Monday evening attack occurred at the Alon Shvut junction in the Gush Etzion bloc of settlements, where the three Israelis were waiting for rides.

Israeli media have given differing accounts of the age of the fatality, saying she was between 14 and 25. The others suffered light stab wounds.

The assailant, who reportedly pulled up in his car and stabbed the victims, was shot by a guard at the entrance to the Alon Shvut settlement. The Jerusalem Post reported that he was in Hadassah Ein Kerem hospital in Jerusalem. He has been identified as Maher Hamdi Hashalamun, 30, of Hebron. He is reportedly affiliated with the terror organization Palestinian Islamic Jihad.

The attack took place in the same junction from where three Israeli teenagers were kidnapped in June. The teens were found dead nearly three weeks later near Hebron.

Several hours before the stabbings, a Palestinian man allegedly stabbed an Israeli soldier outside a Tel Aviv train station. The soldier remains in critical condition. The assailant was apprehended.

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