Palestinian man attacks guards at West Bank junction

Marcy Oster

JERUSALEM (JTA) — A Palestinian man was shot and killed after attempting to stab Israeli guards at a West Bank traffic junction.

He got off a bus that stopped at the Tapuach Junction in the Northern West Bank and approached the Israeli Border Police officers on Thursday morning. When they called on him to stop he pulled out a knife, charged and attacked them, according to the Israel Police.

The guards shot and killed the apparent attacker, according to police. No Israeli guards were injured in the attack.

The Palestinian Maan news agency identified the stabber as Jihad Hussein Harb, 19, from the West Bank city of Qalqiliya.

The junction has been a target of attacks by Palestinians, and several stabbings, shootings and car rammings have been carried out there, in particular since the wave of terror that started more than a year ago.