An axe-wielding Palestinian terrorist attacked two children in the Samarian Jewish community of Bat Ayin on Thursday, killing one and seriously wounding the second.
A 13-year-old Jewish boy was fatally wounded as the attack began. A 7-year-old child who was accompanying him was also struck in the head, but managed to run away and was chased by the terrorist. He was later treated at a Jerusalem hospital for serious injuries, but is now in stable condition.
A neighbor who saw the injured boy being chased ran out of his house and confronted the terrorist, who then tried to attack him. During the ensuing struggle, the local man succeeded in disarming the terrorist, who then quickly fled the scene.
Security forces set up roadblocks, but it is assumed that the terrorist found shelter in a nearby Palestinian Authority-controlled town.
The assailant was reportedly a Palestinian laborer hired to work in the settlement.