BEIT HAGAI, Israel - Security personnel in the Israeli community of Beit Hagai near Hevron shot and killed a knife-wielding Palestinian who infiltrated the town.
According to early reports, the would-be murderer tried to attack several residents in the Southern Hevron Hills community around 7:00 a.m. Friday morning before the town's first responders shot and killed him.
"My friend asked him who he was and the man drew a knife," one of the security patrol responders, named Uziel, told Army Radio.
"I had a pistol on me. I tried to shoot, but it jammed," he said.
"During the struggle, he came after me too, and then my friend took the pistol and shot him," he said, describing the assailant as between the ages of 18 to 20.
One of the men suffered a light stab wound.
IDF (Israel Defense Forces) troops and police closed nearby roads and are searching the area for any accomplices in the attack.
Following the thwarted attack, Yesha (the Council of Jewish Communities in Judea, Samaria and the Gaza Strip), issued a statement.
"The heroics of the Beit Hagai residents is the strength of Israel, which will defeat all evil coming from inside and outside," the statement read.
Two weeks ago, a Palestinian terrorist infiltrated the community of Bat Ayin and bludgeoned to death 13-year-old Shlomo Nativ of Beit Ayin and fractured the skull of a seven year old with an ax.
The IDF has not yet caught the killer.
The town of Beit Hagai, established in the 1980s, was named in memory of three yeshiva (religious seminary) students murdered by Palestinians in Hevron.
Sources: YNet news, The Jerusalem Post, Haaretz