Israeli stabbed to death in West Bank

April 30, 2013 at 6:33 AM

JERUSALEM, April 30 (UPI) -- An Israeli man was stabbed to death and shot Tuesday in an attack at the Tapuah Junction in the West Bank and a suspect was captured, police said.

Evyatar Borovsky, a 30-year-old father of five from the settlement of Yitzhar, was waiting at a bus stop at the junction when he was attacked, Israel police said.

Shlomi Yosef, commander of a Border Guards battalion in the area, told Ynetnews.com the suspect approached Borovsky and stabbed him in the chest and took his gun. Israel Radio said the suspect shot Borovsky before firing at border police officers, who returned fire and injured him. Many West Bank settlers have government licenses to carry guns.

"This despicable murder is a direct result of the impotence in the face of rock-throwing, the removal of military checkpoints and the continued treatment of terror as disorderly conduct," Israel Radio reported Gershon Mesika, head of the Samaria regional council, said at the scene of the attack.

The suspect was identified as Salam Assad from a village near Tulkarm, Israel Radio said. He was evacuated to hospital for treatment. Ynetnews.com said Assad is a member of Fatah and was jailed in Israel for three years for stone-throwing incidents and was recently released from jail.

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