Incident Summary:

02/26/2016: An assailant attempted to stab Israel Defense Forces (IDF) soldiers near Beit El, West Bank. The soldiers shot and killed the assailant before he could carry out the attack. No group claimed responsibility for the incident; however, sources attributed the attack to Mahmoud Muhammad Shaalan, a Palestinian extremist.



West Bank and Gaza Strip

Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:

West Bank

Near Beit El

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) No
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity Israel Defense Forces (IDF)
Specific Description Checkpoint
Nationality of Target Israel
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Melee Knife or Other Sharp Object
Weapon Details
A knife was used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) No
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) Yes
Alternate Designation (more) Insurgency/Guerilla Action
Additional Information Sources noted that the assailants, Mahmoud Muhammad Shaalan, was a United States citizen.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Palestinian Extremists No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 1 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 1
Number of U.S. Fatalities 1
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 0
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Security guard seriously wounded in Ma'aleh Adumim terrorist attack," The Jerusalem Post, February 28, 2016.
"Palestinian tries to stab Israeli soldiers, shot dead: army," Agence France-Presse Top News (English), t, February 26, 2016.
"Palestinian teen killed in attack bid 'had US citizenship'," The Times Of Israel, February 26, 2016.