Cpl. T, who serves in the Shimshon Battalion of the Kfir Brigade, on Thursday night eliminated an Arab terrorist who tried to stab soldiers in Gush Etzion. “He deliberately pulled out a knife to stab a friend who was with me. At that moment I cocked the gun and shot him,” T said. Last week, he killed two terrorists during a similar attack. In that attack, an IDF soldier was injured lightly to moderately.
“While securing the Gush intersection, we noticed the suspect,” Cpl. T described the Thursday night event in Gush Etzion. The terrorist, Malk a-Sharif from Hebron, reached the Gush Etzion junction and turned toward the bus stop going to Alon Shvut. “We called at him to cross the road over to us and when he got to us he pulled out a knife with the intent to stab the friend who was with me. At that moment I cocked the gun and I shot him.”
Kfir Brigade officers commended the rapid response and cool temper of the warrior, who prevented more serious results. According to them, the fact that he is a young warrior, who’s only been in uniform a total of eight months, only two of those in operational duty, did not affect his focused and precise actions in both cases. The Shimshon Battalion to which he belongs has been dealing over the past month with many of the attacks in the Etzion area, north of Hebron.
The Kfir (Lion Cub) Brigade, a.k.a. the 900 Brigade, is the youngest infantry brigade of the IDF, established in late 2005 as part of the 162nd Division of the Central Regional Command.