The Israeli military says a Palestinian stabbed two Israelis outside a West Bank settlement before being shot dead.

Wednesday morning's attack took place near the settlement of Shilo. One Israeli was in serious condition and the other was lightly hurt. It was not immediately clear who shot the attacker.

Israel saw a wave of similar attacks in the West Bank and Jerusalem toward the end of last year, but the violence has mostly subsided and the current Passover holiday has been relatively quiet thus far.

Palestinians demand the West Bank, which Israel captured from Jordan in the 1967 war, as part of their future state and object to an Israeli presence there. Militants often target soldiers and Jewish settlers.