Intended victim slays attempted stabber


A Palestinian who was trying to stab two Israeli hitchhikers was shot dead by one of his intended victims.


One of the hitchhikers Monday near the West Bank town of Shiloh used his gun to shoot the assailant, who was carrying a seven-inch knife. The attacker was pronounced dead at the hitchhiking stand, Ynet reported.


The hitchhikers were 30 and 15.


Two checkpoints around the West Bank town of Jericho, near Shiloh, were removed Monday as part of an agreement reached Sunday between Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak and Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Salaam Fayad during a meeting with U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice in Jerusalem, The Associated Press reported.

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