'He underwent a baptism of fire'

Police Commissioner Alsheikh praises officer fresh out of basic training for stopping terrorist near Ramallah on Friday.

Arutz Sheva Staff ,

Alshiekh at the hospital
Alshiekh at the hospital
Police Spokespersons Unit

Police Commissioner Roni Alsheikh visited a Border Police officer who was wounded in a stabbing attack on Friday near Ramallah, and praised him for his role in stopping the terrorist.

Alsheikh noted that the soldier had only finished basic training a week before the attack, and praised the bravery he had shown in stopping the terrorist. "This is his first operational activity in Judea and Samaria and he demonstrated great resourcefulness in repelling the terrorist," said Alshiekh.

"He only recently completed his training and yet underwent his 'baptism of fire', Alsheikh continued.

Alsheikh went on to praise the warrior for noticing that the terrorist had disguised himself as a journalist before running up to the Border Police officer and stabbing him. The police commissioner stressed that he expects such bravery from all Border Police officers.

While authorities are still investigating the circumstances of the incident on Friday, the initial investigation indicates that the terrorist, who was carrying a knife, ran towards Border Police officers who were containing riots along a road near Ramallah. The terrorist then stabbed one of the Border Police officers in the shoulder.

Immediately after the stabbing attack, the officers shot the terrorist, neutralizing him. While footage of the terrorist shows that he had what appeared to be an explosive belt strapped to his body, an Arab Red Crescent ambulance evacuated him before security officials could verify whether the belt was explosive or not.

According to Jerusalem’s Shaarei Tzedek Hospital, the wounded soldier underwent an operation on Friday, and is currently hospitalized, though he is not sedated nor on respiration.