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Two suspects arrested over fatal stabbing of IDF soldier deemed terror attack

A pool of blood on the ground in the southern Israeli city of Arad after a 20 year old man was stabbed to death
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One of the suspects led investigators to the location of the soldier's rifle

Israeli security forces announced Monday that two Bedouin residents of southern Israel's Negev region were arrested on suspicion of involvement in the fatal stabbing of an IDF soldier in the city of Arad last week, in what investigators have deemed a terror attack.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu praised the "rapid action of the Security Service and the police" who quickly intercepted the terror attack and seized the terrorists shortly after.

"The security forces will reach anyone who tries to harm our citizens, and the State of Israel", the Prime Minister continued.

The soldier, identified as 19-year-old Ron Kukia, was found dying from stab wounds near a bus stop in the city of Arad last Thursday after his attackers had fled the scene.

The Shin Bet domestic security agency said they arrested two suspects from southern Israel on Friday.

Based on its investigation, the assault was "a terror attack carried out on nationalistic grounds", Shin Bet said in a statement.

One of the suspects had led investigators to the location of the soldier's rifle, it read.

A wave of violence in Israel and the Palestinian territories that began in October 2015 has killed at least 309 Palestinians or Arab Israelis, 52 Israelis and seven foreigners, according to an AFP count.

Israeli authorities say most of the Palestinians killed were carrying out knife, gun or car-ramming attacks. Soldiers or police have often been the targets.

The violence has subsided greatly in recent months.

(Staff with AFP)

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