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Israel hunts killer of off-duty soldier in West Bank Israel hunts killer of off-duty soldier in West Bank
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Israeli forces are hunting for the killer of an 18-year-old off-duty soldier, found stabbed to death in an apparent failed kidnap attempt. Israeli forces are hunting for the killer of a 19-year-old off-duty soldier, found stabbed to death in an apparent failed kidnap attempt.
The victim's body was found outside the Jewish settlement of Migdal Oz in the Israeli occupied West Bank. Corporal Dvir Sorek's body was found outside the Jewish settlement of Migdal Oz in the Israeli occupied West Bank.
The soldier was a student in a Jewish seminary, Israeli's military said. He is believed to have been abducted elsewhere before being stabbed and left at a roadside, Israeli media report.
He is believed to have been abducted elsewhere before being stabbed and dumped on the road, Israeli media report. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu condemned the culprit as a "despicable terrorist".
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has condemned the stabbing, describing it as a terrorist attack.
"The security forces are in pursuit, in order to capture the despicable terrorist and hold him to account," he said.
There has been no claim of responsibility for the killing.There has been no claim of responsibility for the killing.
The body of Cpl Sorek, missing since Wednesday, was reportedly found at around 03:00 (12:00 GMT) on Thursday.
He was stabbed "while neither armed nor in uniform, close to the yeshiva [Jewish seminary] where he was studying", the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) said.
Security forces "are beginning to carry out steps on the working assumption that there is a terrorist cell in the area that carried out the attack", an IDF spokesman said.
Troops, police and Israel's Shin Bet security service have been deployed to carry out searches in areas of Jerusalem, the Times of Israel has reported.
The incident, which happened in an area between Jerusalem and Hebron in the southern part of the West Bank, risks stoking tensions between Israel and Palestinians.
Cpl Sorek's killing has echoes of the abduction and murder of three Israeli teenagers in the same area of the West Bank in 2014.
The murders of Naftali Fraenkel, 16, Gilad Shaer, 16, and Eyal Yifrah, 19, triggered a massive search in the West Bank, and eventually escalated into a conflict between Israel and Palestinian militants in Gaza.
The killers of the teenagers came from the Islamist movement Hamas, which governs the Gaza Strip.