An Arab terrorist armed with a knife on Tuesday morning approached IDF soldiers from the elite Duvdevan Unit who were conducting arrests in the Far’a neighborhood of Shechem.

The terrorist, 33-year-old Mohammad Al-Salahi, shouted “Allahu Akbar” and did not heed calls to stop.

The terror attack occurred during the course of an arrest operation conducted by the elite Duvdevan Unit targeting wanted terrorists in the Arab neighborhood. The terrorist ran at soldiers with a knife drawn and attempted to stab them before being shot and later pronounced dead.

During the operation, IDF forces were further attacked with gunfire and explosive devices thrown at soldiers. There were no IDF casualties.

According to Arab sources, the attack occurred in Al-Salahi’s home while IDF forces attempted to arrest him, but Israeli officials said Al-Salahi was not the target of the arrest operation.

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The operation resulted in the arrest of four wanted terrorists who were transferred to the Shin Bet for questioning. Another five terrorists were separately detained in other Arab villages by the IDF, Israel Police and Shin Bet for a range of offenses including violent acts, incitement and possession of weapons.

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