IDF forces fatally shot a Palestinian terrorist Hamed Abu Diah, a former prisoner, during a vehicle check near Hebron on Tuesday.
The terrorist reportedly shot at a bus on a previous date and had shot at Israeli officers near a checkpoint before he was killed.
Abu Diah had served a prison sentence in Israel and was working as a police officer in the Bethlehem area for the Palestinian Authority, according to the Jerusalem Post.
The outlet also noted that a letter from the terrorist was later shared on Palestinian news outlets that said Abu Diah decided to “take revenge” and was sacrificing his life to protect Muslim holy sites.
Also Tuesday, Israeli forces stopped a man in a separate incident entering Elon Moreh in the West Bank with a knife.
“We had a miracle here: that the terrorist tried to infiltrate a settlement that had security cameras installed just a year and a half ago,” Samaria Regional Council head Yossi Dagan
Said, the report added. “What would have happened if there weren’t any installed? It would have been just like when Rina Shnerb was killed in Ein Bubin two years ago.”
The two Tuesday incidents come as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s new government seeks to crack down on terrorist incidents within the nation.
Israel’s police are also preparing for potential conflict as terrorist Maher Younis is to be released on Thursday after 40 years.
“We are prepared for the release and at the same time I spoke with a relative of the late Avraham Bromberg a few days ago and assured him that the Israel Police will not allow any support or sympathy for the terrorist,” Police chief Shabtai told the media ahead of his release.