Palestinian teen stabs 2 Israelis at West Bank checkpoint, shot dead: police

Police later declared the attacker dead (File)

Western coast:

A 15-year-old Palestinian boy riding a bicycle stabbed two Israeli security personnel at a checkpoint in the occupied West Bank on Wednesday, before being shot dead, police said.

The attack happened at about 8:15 a.m. (0615 GMT) at the Tunnel checkpoint south of Jerusalem, when the teenager arrived on a bicycle, the force said in a statement.

“When security forces at the crossing attempted to check him, the terrorist took out a knife and started stabbing the forces present at the spot,” police said.

“An armed civilian guard immediately engaged the terrorist, and IDF (Army) forces at the location responded with accurate fire, killing the terrorist.”

A female soldier and a civilian armed guard were injured in the stabbing, police said, adding that their injuries were “light to moderate”.

Later the police declared the attacker dead.

Palestinian official news agency Wafa reported that security forces “left the Palestinian teenager to bleed until he died” at the checkpoint.

The knife attack comes a day after a 12-year-old Palestinian boy was shot dead by Israeli border police in a refugee camp in Israeli-occupied East Jerusalem.

Rami Hamdan al-Halhooli, 12, suffered a fatal gunshot wound during clashes between residents of the Shuafat refugee camp and police, who said the child had fired fireworks aimed at him.

Hundreds of extra police have been deployed to East Jerusalem’s Old City since the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan began on Monday.

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