Victims of stabbing and car-ramming spree treated at three locations in Ariel Industrial Park and on nearby highway; IDF troops enter attacker’s town.
Three Israelis were killed and three were hurt in a stabbing and car-ramming attack in and around the West Bank settlement of Ariel on Tuesday morning, the military and medics said.
According to the Israel Defense Forces, a Palestinian terrorist stabbed a security guard near the entrance to the Ariel Industrial Park. The terrorist then stabbed three people at and adjacent to a nearby gas station, before he fled in an apparently stolen vehicle.
Shortly afterward, the terrorist crashed the vehicle into other cars on the Route 5 highway, before getting out and stabbing another person, according to medics. He then stole another vehicle and drove it against traffic, crashing into more cars, before he got out and was shot dead by soldiers and armed civilians.
Odelia Shahaf, a Magen David Adom ambulance service medic who was at the scene, said she thought it was a traffic accident.
“I was on the road and noticed what looked like a car accident. I saw a wounded man lying on the road and immediately went over to him,” she said.
“While I started treating him I heard people shouting ‘terrorist terrorist’ and saw a man running with a knife running in our direction,” Shahaf said.
“He then managed to stab and injure a 35-year-old man. I went over to the wounded man who was badly stabbed and stopped his bleeding,” she said. The terrorist at that point got into another vehicle and again crashed into the cars on the highway, she said.
One of the off-duty soldiers who killed the terrorist was heading to a memorial for a man killed in a terror attack last month, the military said.
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