Date
18 December 2017
Paramedics treats a woman at the scene of a stabbing rampage by a Palestinian in Tel Aviv.  Six other people were wounded. Photo: Reuters
Paramedics treats a woman at the scene of a stabbing rampage by a Palestinian in Tel Aviv. Six other people were wounded. Photo: Reuters

Seven wounded in Tel Aviv knife attack by Palestinian

Seven people on a commuter bus and  and in the street were wounded in a knife attack by a Palestinian during the morning rush hour in Tel Aviv on Wednesday.

The suspect was shot by a security officer as he fled, Reuters reported Thursday.

It was the first Palestinian attack reported in the Israeli commercial capital since a soldier was stabbed to death two months ago during a surge of violence in Israel and Palestinian territories.

Passengers on the number 40 bus en route to Tel Aviv University said the assailant, identified by police as a Palestinian from Tulkarm in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, stabbed the driver and then others at the Maariv junction, a busy district in the coastal city.

“The terrorist had murder in his eyes,” a passenger identified only as Orly said on Israel Radio.

The attacker exited the bus after it slowed to a stop and ran down a street along with panicked passengers and pedestrians. Security camera footage showed him stabbing one woman in the back on the sidewalk, and she collapsed.

Armed prison officers who happened by in another vehicle gave chase and one shot the man in the leg.

News photos showed the alleged assailant, whom police said was aged 23, lying face down in the mud, his wrists handcuffed behind him and his jeans stained with blood.

The national ambulance service said seven people were wounded in the stabbing, four seriously

It was not immediately clear if the suspected attacker, who was taken to hospital for treatment, was affiliated with any Palestinian militant group.

Israeli security officials said he cited Israel’s Gaza offensive last summer as one of the reasons he decided to strike.

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