IDF Reserves Col. Seraya Ofer, 50, was attacked by two Palestinians outside his home at Rosh Habik’a in the Jordan Valley after midnight. Stepping out of the house to investigate a suspicious sound, he was beaten to death with axes and iron bars as he struggled against his assailants. After phoning for help, his wife, Monique, fled the house chased by the terrorists until she stopped a passing car and summoned security forces to the scene. She was hurt as she ran and taken to hospital. Paramedics reached Col. Ofer too late to save his life. Large army, police and Shin Bet reinforcements poured into the Jordan Valley to hunt for the attackers and set up road blocks.
The attack follows a string of violent incidents on the West Bank in the past few weeks. Six days ago, Noam Glick, aged 9, was seriously injured by a Palestinian gunman in Pesagot near Ramallah.