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Settler stabbed to death near Nablus

April 30, 2013 9:59 A.M. (Updated: May 1, 2013 11:50 A.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- A settler was stabbed to death near Nablus on Tuesday, witnesses said.

Onlookers told Ma'an that a man asked a taxi to drop him off around 60 meters from Zatara checkpoint south of Nablus, in an area where settlers wait to hitch-hike or for transport.

"The Palestinian suspect stabbed an Israeli sitting at a bus stop. He died," Israeli police spokeswoman Luba Samri told AFP, adding that the incident took place near Tapuah junction which lies south of the city of Nablus.

Israeli border police sped to the area and fired towards the attacker, who grabbed his victim's weapon and returned fire but was eventually disarmed and taken into custody, she said.

An Israeli army spokeswoman said that the Palestinian man was taken to hospital for treatment.

Following the incident, settlers descended on the area and began attacking Palestinian cars, pelting them with stones, an AFP photographer said.

Israeli forces announced a state of alert in the area and erected flying checkpoints in south Nablus, with locals saying that traffic is at a standstill near Zatara checkpoint.

AFP contributed to this report
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