Border Police officers thwarted a stabbing attack at the Mizmoriya checkpoint between Tekoa and Har Homa, south of Jerusalem, early Sunday afternoon.
During a routine vehicle inspection a police officer manning the checkpoint noted a suspicious Arab man running at the checkpoint, and quickly reported it to Border Police.
When the officers noticed the suspect was running with a knife in his hand, one of them opened fire, fatally wounding him before he was able to injure anyone.
The terrorist was later identified as Naim Safi, a 17-year-old resident of an Arab village near Bethlehem.
The incident came less than two hours after terrorists opened fire on an IDF patrol in northern Samaria.
Soldiers returned fire and killed the attacker and an apparent accomplice, who were armed with an M-16 assault rifle and a knife. They had apparently lured the patrol by staging a rock-throwing attack just prior to the ambush.