Photo Credit: Nasser Ishtayeh/Flash90
IDF soldiers near the scene where an Arab assailant stabbed a reserve soldier near Shechem, October 11, 2018.

After a manhunt that lasted hours, security forces received accurate intelligence according to which the terrorist who stabbed a reserve soldier in Samaria was in a car in a village near Shechem. A SWAT team was sent secretly to the scene, approached the vehicles with weapons drawn and took out the terrorist and his two relatives, who are suspected of trying to help him escape.

The hunt for the terrorist who stabbed a reserve soldier on Thursday at the Samaria Regional Brigade junction lasted about 10 hours, facilitated accurate intelligence from the Shin Bet, according to which the terrorist was in the village of Jamma’in, southwest of Shechem.

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At some point the operation began to look like a scene from a Hollywood movie about special forces. According to the intelligence, the 19-year-old suspect was in a vehicle, apparently continuing his escape route with no intention of giving himself up.

The SWAT unit was secretly dispatched to the scene in the evening hours, and the fighters stopped the vehicle which was on the move. With weapons drawn, the force pulled the terrorist out of the vehicle, along with two others – his relatives.

According to sources involved in the event, the arrest was carried out without resistance. The terrorist and his accomplices did not speak, only raised their hands in surrender and were taken away immediately.

At this point, the stabbing suspect is being interrogated by the Shin Bet, which seeks to understand the role of his relatives in the escape.

Meanwhile, Kan, Israel’s Public Broadcasting Corporation, reported that the condition of the stabbed soldier has been downgraded to light.

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