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Soldier Knifed to Death on Moshav by Laborer from the West Bank

An Arab day-laborer fatally stabbed an Israeli reserve soldier and was himself shot to death Monday, in what may have been an altercation over money at Moshav Masua, in the Jordan Valley.

The soldier, Cpl. David Danieli, 28, of Ashkelon was slain by Hussein Abdullah Basharat, 21, from Tammoun village, near Nablus in the West Bank.

Danieli, a mathematics teacher on guard duty at Masua, was confronted by Basharat, who came to the moshav to claim money he said was owed him by a previous employer.

A dispute ensued during which Basharat knifed the soldier before he could reach for his Uzi submachine gun. The youth shouted “Allah Akhbar” (God is Great) during the act of killing.

A moshav member who witnessed the attack killed Basharat with an M-16 rifle.

The young Arab was well known by moshav members who described him as a devout Moslem. It remained uncertain whether he came to Masua intending to kill or merely to claim money he thought was owed him.

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