Last night at 10:40 pm, an armed terrorist infiltrated the Samarian community of Hermesh. The terrorist murdered three Israeli civilians, moderately injured one civilian, and lightly injured an IDF soldier and an additional civilian.

The terrorist had infiltrated through the west fence of the community, and opened fire on two girls and a woman who stood outside. The girls were severely injured and later died of their wounds. The woman was lightly injured. The terrorist then entered a nearby house and opened fire on its occupants, murdering one woman and lightly injuring a second person.

IDF soldiers spotted the terrorist exiting the house and opened fire on him. Before they shot and killed the terrorist, the terrorist lightly injured one soldier. The terrorist was found to be to carrying a bag containing several ammunition clips, a military vest, and a copy of the Koran. The soldiers’ quick response prevented further casualties.