Three Israelis were killed and another was seriously wounded in a stabbing attack in the Samaria neighborhood of Halamish on Friday night when a Muslim terrorist broke into their home and began stabbing the family as they ate their Shabbat dinner.
Times of Israel Palestinian media identified the terrorist as Omar Al-Abed al-Jalil, 19 (above), from the village of Kaubar, near Ramallah. The assailant killed a man and two of his children, while his wife was badly wounded and taken to hospital. The man’s grandchildren were present but not harmed, the army said.
According to a preliminary investigation, the terrorist, a Palestinian Muslim terrorist from a nearby village, arrived in the settlement on foot armed with a knife, climbed a fence and chose the last house on a street near it. The perpetrator broke a window and entered the home, surprising a family of about 10 inside as they were finishing their dinner and launching his stabbing spree.
Below is the what the kitchen looked like after the massacre:
It is being reported that one of the women who were killed, heroically locked all the children in a room which saved them. During the attack, another daughter hid several of the grandchildren in one of the rooms, where she called police and began shouting that a terrorist was inside the home.
An IDF soldier on leave in a nearby home responded to the screams and shot and wounded Jalil through his window, according to Magen David Adom rescue service officials. An MDA paramedic at the scene said the attacker was wounded by the shooting and was evacuated to hospital in moderate condition.
In initial questioning, Jalil said he bought the knife two days ago, wanting to commit a terror attack because of events surrounding the Temple Mount in Jerusalem.