The Palestinian man was reportedly caught with improvised explosives, a Carlo submachine gun and a knife as he approached soldiers at the checkpoint.
IDF soldiers from the Givati Brigade’s Shaked Battalion foiled an attempted terror attack near the Jewish apartment complex in Hebron known as “Avraham Avinu” on Tuesday morning, the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit announced.
The Palestinian man was reportedly caught with improvised explosives, a Carlo submachine gun and a knife as he approached a roadblock across the street from Avraham Avinu, that separates the Palestinian and Israeli areas of the city.
As he approached soldiers at the checkpoint, the man tried to shoot and hurl the explosives at the soldiers, the IDF spokesperson said. One of the explosives ignited and blew up while it was still in the terrorist’s hand.
The IDF fatally shot the attacker before he could harm anyone. It is unusual for a terror attack in recent years in Hebron to involve multiple weapons and to take place so close to a Jewish apartment complex.
The man was reportedly affiliated with the Palestinian Islamic Jihad.
Also on Tuesday afternoon, two soldiers were wounded in a shooting attack near Ramallah in the West Bank, the IDF reported on Tuesday afternoon.
The soldiers were injured near a protest of 1,200 people at Givat Hatank, near the northern Dead Sea, when one rioter reportedly opened fired in their direction. Other members of the IDF troops in the area responded to the attacker with live fire.
The injured soldiers were evacuated from the scene for medical treatment in a nearby hospital.