An honored former Israeli military officer was beaten to death during a home invasion in Israel's Jordan Valley on Friday in what was believed to be a Palestinian terrorist attack, according to an Israeli counterterrorism expert.
Colonel Seraiah Ofer, who was one of the founders of a top-secret, elite Israeli military unit known as Shaldag, was spending a quiet evening with his wife at his home in the Jordan Valley, a strip of land bordering with Jordan on the east and the West Bank on the southwest.
According to counterterrorism analyst Jacob Cruiz, the two were attacked by terrorists using axes and blunt instruments to assault the elderly couple.
Ofer's wife was able to escape with only minor injuries while Col. Ifer attempted to ward off the attackers, according to Cruiz.
Police and paramedics responded to the scene of the attack, but Col. Ifer was already deceased. His wife is expected to undergo surgery.
Israeli police and security forces set up checkpoints and road blocks throughout the area and are determined to capture the killers.
This was the third Israeli killed in a series of incidents in the past month, which Israeli military officials claimed were isolated incidents. It's not known if Col. Ifer was singled out because of his reputation as a war hero or if it was a random act of violence.
Last month, an IDF staff sergeant named Gal Kobi was killed in Hebron, apparently shot by a sniper. A day earlier, 20 year-old Tomer Hazan, also a soldier, was murdered in the West Bank city of Qalqiliiya.