'I shot once at the terrorist's stomach and neutralized him'

IDF soldier who neutralized Friday's terrorist says he 'was in the right place at the right time.'

Arutz Sheva Staff ,

A., the IDF soldier who neutralized the terrorist
A., the IDF soldier who neutralized the terrorist
IDF spokesperson

A., the IDF soldier who neutralized the terrorist murderer on Friday night spoke about how he managed to neutralize the terrorist from afar.

A. serves in the Oketz Unit, which is the IDF's canine special forces unit.

"I am a 22-year-old fighter from the Oketz Unit, who lives in Neve Tzuf-Halamish," A. said. "Last night, while my family ate the Friday night meal, we heard screams from the direction of our neighbor's home."

"My father and I went out to see what was happening.

"When we saw that the situation was serious, I ran back home to get my weapon. I stood outside the house and saw the terrorist through the window. I knew that I couldn't lose my cool, I had to be professional and controlled.

"I shot one shot towards his stomach and neutralized him. It seems I was at the right place at the right time.

"This is no doubt a traumatic incident for the community. We feel the sorrow of the family and embrace them.

"For me personally it's not a simple occurrence. I try to focus on the fact that what I did prevented what could have been a worse tragedy. But this is not the first time we have experienced something like this.

"Three years ago a terrorist came into our house and attacked my younger sister. That incident ended miraculously - better than what happened last night."

On Friday night, terrorist Omar al-Abed entered the Salomon family's home and went on a stabbing rampage, murdering a grandfather and two of his children, and wounding the grandmother.