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Israeli Soldier Murdered by 13-Year-Old in East Jerusalem Terror Attack

From the scene of the attack at Shuafat, east Jerusalem. United Hatzalah
From the scene of the attack at Shuafat, east Jerusalem. United Hatzalah

An Israeli border officer was murdered in a stabbing terror attack on Monday in the east Jerusalem neighborhood of Shuafat.

Israeli authorities identified the slain as 22-year-old Sgt. Asil Su'ad, murdered when performing a security check on a bus. Medics performed CPR on Su'ad, but he eventually succumbed to his wounds and was pronounced dead at the hospital.

His fellow soldiers described him as the happiest man, always helping and assisting everyone, always committed to every task, and who loved giving his service for the security of Israel.

"The heart is horrified by the fall of a [Israeli] fighter, in a shocking attack," Israel's National Security Minister Itamar Ben Gvir said shortly after Su'ad was pronounced dead. "A warrior who went to protect our children, who could leave the house safely and unfortunately will not return home. A very difficult disaster and great pain for the entire people of Israel. In my name and in the name of the State of Israel, I send my condolences to the dear family, our hearts are with you."

The terrorist, reportedly a 13-year-old boy identified as Mohammed Bassel Fathi Zalbani, was "neutralized" by Israeli gunfire, according to the ZAKA voluntary rescue organization.

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