Israeli man was killed in a knife attack in front of the West Bank Mall

Israeli man was killed in a knife attack in front of the West Bank Mall

An Israeli man was stabbed to death in a terrorist attack near the Gush Etzion Junction in the central West Bank south of Jerusalem on Sunday after he died of his injuries shortly after arriving at the hospital.

After being stabbed, the victim chased and fired at his attacker before collapsing to the ground.

He was later named Ari Fuld, 45, near Efrat.

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The terrorist, a 17-year-old Palestinian teenager from the village of Yatta, was shot and taken into custody by another armed civilian, the Israel Defense Forces said.

Ari Fuld (Facebook)

"A terrorist came armed with a knife into the mall at the Gush Etzion Junction, he stabbed a civilian and severely injured him, another civilian who was in the mall neutralized the terrorist," the army said.

Fuld was taken to Jerusalem's Shaare Zedek Medical Center in a severe, unstable condition where doctors declared him dead.

"We have to announce with great sadness that the victim has not survived his critical injuries despite extensive resuscitation measures," the hospital said in a statement.

After the attack, the Israeli military set up a series of roadblocks in the area. According to Palestinian media, soldiers attacked the hometown of the teenager.

Security forces arrived after an Israeli man was stabbed in a terrorist attack on 16 September 2018 in a mall near the Gush Etzion Junction. (United Hatzalah)

Surveillance camera footage of the scene showed the black-clad teenage boy standing almost a full minute behind Fuld before he approached.

After stabbing, the terrorist ran off the scene, but was shot dead by Fuld and the armed civilian.

"I was shopping in the mall when I heard screams and gunfire near the entrance, and I immediately ran to the spot and saw a man, about 40, lying unconscious on the floor and suffering from puncture wounds on his upper body," said one of the first doctors at the crime scene.

The stabber was taken to the Hadassah Hospital in Jerusalem. Scopus in moderate condition with multiple gunshot wounds, a hospital spokesman said.

The Gush Etzion Junction and the nearby shopping district, used by both Israelis and Palestinians, have been the scene of several deadly terrorist attacks in recent years.

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