Thursday, December 29, 2005

Stabbing near Jerusalem


Initial investigation reveals man was stabbed by Palestinian while waiting at bus stop; stabber flees scene; large police forces launch search

A Palestinian stabbed an Israeli at the Atarot industrial zone, near Jerusalem.

The Israeli sustained moderate injuries to the neck in the stabbing, which police believe was a terror attack.

According to the initial investigation, the Palestinian lunged at the Israeli as he was waiting at a bus stop. Security forces are conducted a large-scale search for the assailant, who fled the scene.

Magen David Adom paramedics treated the injured Israeli and later evacuated him to a Jerusalem hospital.

On Thursday morning, First lieutenant Uri Binmo, 21, was killed and three other soldiers were wounded after a suicide bomber struck at an army roadblock near a West Bank village in the Tul Karem region.

Four Palestinians were also killed in the incident, including the bomber. Security authorities estimate the explosive device, which was particularly powerful, was designed to be used for an attack in Israel during Chanukah.