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Israeli soldier killed in stabbing attack

Nov. 13, 2013 10:42 A.M. (Updated: Nov. 14, 2013 9:51 A.M.)
JERUSALEM (AFP) -- An Israeli soldier died on Wednesday after a Palestinian youth stabbed him on board a bus in the north of the country, police said.

"The Israeli soldier who was stabbed this morning by a Palestinian on a bus at the Afula bus station has died of his wounds in hospital," Israeli police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld told AFP.

Earlier, police had said he was in "critical condition" in hospital after the attack.

The perpetrator was identified as Hussein Sharif Ghawadra, 16, from Bir al-Basha village south of Jenin, a Ma'an reporter said.

Four of Ghawadra's cousins are serving life sentences in Israeli prisons.

According to Israeli police, the Palestinian youth did not have a permit to be inside Israel.

They said he boarded the bus on the Nazareth-Afula route and attacked the 20-year-old soldier as it arrived at its destination.

Hamas, the rulers of the Gaza Strip, congratulated the suspected attacker.

"Congratulations to the Palestinian West Bank hero who killed an Israeli soldier in Afula this morning," Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhum wrote on his Facebook page.

"This is a heroic act of resistance showing that all methods of oppression and terror have not and will not succeed in stopping our people from carrying out jihad and resistance."

Ma'an staff contributed to this report
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