19 year old victim in Ariel attack identified

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The Israeli man killed in a combination stabbing and shooting attack in Ariel Sunday has been identified as a 19-year-old IDF sergeant from the southern Israeli city of Beer Sheva.

An IDF spokesperson said the man killed in Sunday’s attack was 19-year-old Gal Keidan, a sergeant in the Israeli army’s 334th artillery battalion.

Following the attack Sunday, Keidan was posthumously promoted from the rank of sergeant to Staff Sergeant, the IDF said.

Keidan was stabbed and killed by an Arab terrorist during the attack at Ariel Junction Sunday morning. A second soldier was seriously wounded Sunday, when the terrorist cell responsible for the attack at Ariel Junction opened fire at the Gitai Avisar Junction west of Ariel.

A third Israeli, 47-year-old Rabbi Ahiad Ettinger, was also wounded in the attacks Sunday morning.

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