The suspected Palestinian terrorist who rammed into three IDF soldiers with his speeding van near an army post just outside of the West Bank village of El Arub on Wednesday turned himself in to security forces, the IDF Spokesperson said on Thursday. The man is currently being interrogated.
“The IDF will continue to act without hesitation to thwart terrorism and maintain security in Judea and Samaria,” the army said in a statement.
Hours earlier, the IDF raided the home of the man who they believe is responsible for the vehicular terror attack which wounded three soldiers in the West Bank on Wednesday night, the Bethlehem-based Ma’an News Agency reported.
According to the report, Israeli intelligence suspect that Hammam Masalma, from the southern West Bank town of Beit Awwa was behind Wednesday night’s attack.
During the raid of Masalma’s home in Beit Awwa early Thursday morning, Israeli forces arrested four of his relatives, however the suspect himself was not at home and remains at large, Ma’an reported.
A freight truck with Palestinian license plates hit the three IDF soldiers, wounding one seriously and two moderately in what the army said was a terror attack.
The perpetrating vehicle fled the scene immediately after the attack, and security forces set up roadblocks and launched searches of the area of the southern West Bank.
IDF troops found the white van used in the attack on Wednesday night.
Ma’an quoted Israeli police sources as saying they identified Masalma as the attacker from the vehicle registration data.