Friday Night Terror: Security Guard Killed Outside Ariel

23-year-old Vyacheslav Golev is 15th victim of recent wave of terror. Israeli security forces arrested two suspects on Shabbat

By Israel Today Staff | | Topics: Terrorism
Scene of a terrorist shooting attack at the entrance to the town of Ariel in Samaria on Friday night.
Scene of a terrorist shooting attack at the entrance to the town of Ariel in Samaria on Friday night. Photo: Flash90

A 23-year-old security guard was killed Friday night at the entrance to the large Jewish settlement of Ariel in Samaria. He died shielding his fiancé, who also worked as a security guard, from the hail of terrorist bullets.

Late Friday evening after the Shabbat had already begun, a vehicle with Israeli license plates approached the guard post at the entrance to Ariel, a large Jewish town in Samaria that will be familiar to many of our readers. Two terrorists got out of the car, fired into the guard booth with automatic weapons from point-blank range, and then turned and fled.

The guard killed in the attack was named as Vyacheslav Golev (23), a former student of Ariel University. He grew up in an ultra-Orthodox family in the city of Beit Shemesh and is survived by his parents and seven siblings.

He had recently moved to Ariel with his fiancée, to whom he had only been engaged for a few weeks. The couple shared a photo on social media just hours before the attack.

IDF forces and counter-terrorism officials arrested two suspects on Saturday. They were arrested in the nearby Palestinian town of Qarawat Bani Hassan. The two did not resist, and their weapons were confiscated during the raid.

A preliminary investigation found that the suspects, identified as 19-year-old Yahyah Maree and 20-year-old Yousef A’ssi, were not dispatched by terrorist groups, but one of them had ties to Hamas.

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