Security guard killed in Ariel terror attack named Vyacheslav Golev

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The security guard killed in a terrorist shooting at the entrance to the West Bank settlement of Ariel on Friday night has been identified as 23-year-old Vyacheslav Golev.

Golev was a former student of Ariel University. He had recently moved to live with his fiancée in the West Bank community. They were engaged just weeks before the attack.

He is survived by his parents and seven siblings who live in Beit Shemesh, as well as his fiancée who was stationed at the guardhouse during the attack.

Golev used his body to shield her from the hail of bullets, saving her life, according to military officials.

His fiancée, named Victoria Fligelman from the southern city of Ashkelon, was not injured in the attack

The municipality of Beit Shemesh said it embraces Golev’s family. “The security guard showed supreme heroism and saved the life of the security guard who worked with him,” Mayor Aliza Bloch said.

An undated photo of Vyacheslav Golev, killed in a shooting near Ariel on April 29, and his fiancée, Victoria Fligelman. (Courtesy)

The Ashkelon Municipality said it would help Fligelman and his family after the attack.

Ashkelon Mayor Tomer Galam said Golev showed “heroic bravery” when he protected his fiancée.

An undated photo of Vyacheslav Golev, who was killed in a shooting near Ariel on April 29. (Permission)

The date and time of Golev’s funeral was not immediately set.

After a 20-hour manhunt, counter-terrorism forces arrested two Palestinians believed to be behind the deadly terror attack. The suspected gunmen were arrested on Saturday evening in the nearby town of Qarawat Bani Hassan.

Footage of Friday night’s attack showed a blue Suzuki vehicle driving towards a guard post, where a gunman sitting in the passenger seat opened fire.

The shooter and driver then both got out and both fired into the guardhouse before driving off.

Golev was pronounced dead at the scene.

A resident of nearby Binyamin settlement told Ynet on Saturday that a week before the attack, he saw the terrorist’s vehicle speeding towards Ariel.

He said he was driving on Route 5 with his family, when the blue Suzuki passed them in the parallel lane, going in the wrong direction.

He said his family grabbed the license plate number and reported the incident to the police.

Smashed window of a guard post targeted by a shooting, at the entrance to Ariel, in the West Bank, on April 30, 2022 (Flash90)

The attack came as tensions have risen sharply between Israel and the Palestinians in recent weeks amid repeated terror attacks in Israeli towns that have left 14 people dead.

The escalation came in the middle of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan – often a time of high tension in Israel and the West Bank.

The army has intensified its activities in the West Bank in an attempt to quell the spiral of violence. The raids that followed sparked clashes that left at least 26 Palestinians dead, many of whom took part in the clashes, while others appeared to have been uninvolved civilians.

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