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article imagePalestinian stabs Israeli soldier, shot dead: Army

By AFP     Jan 14, 2016 in World

A Palestinian stabbed an Israeli soldier on Thursday in the northern West Bank and was shot dead, the Israeli army said, in the second such incident of the day.

A patrolling army vehicle was attacked north of the West Bank city of Nablus, an army statement said.

"When the forces exited the vehicle in order to assess the situation an assailant drew a knife and stabbed and wounded an IDF officer," the statement added.

"The force responded and fired towards the attacker, resulting in his death," the army said, without giving details of the extent of the officer's injuries or how the vehicle was attacked.

Palestinian security sources identified the attacker as Haytham Yassin from the village of Assira al-Shamaliya near Nablus, believed to be in his mid-30s.

The attack came just hours after a separate stabbing attempt in the southern West Bank.

In that case, the Palestinian assailant was shot dead before he injured anyone, the army said.

Israel and the Palestinian territories have seen a wave of Palestinian attacks in recent months, with 23 Israelis killed since October 1.

Over the same time period, 152 Palestinians have been killed, most of them while carrying out attacks on Israeli civilians or security forces.

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