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Palestinian goes on stabbing spree on bus, 12 Israelis hurt

A Palestinian went on a stabbing spree on Wednesday on a bus here, injuring 12 Israelis before being shot, the latest in a series of lone-wolf terror attacks, with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accusing the Palestinian Authority of “poisonous incitement” against the Jewish-state. Four of the victims were seriously injured and eight others including the bus driver suffered moderate injuries, a spokesman for the rescue services, Magen David Adom, said.

Pictures released by the police showed a large knife lying on the ground. The stabbing attack took place on a bus on Menachem Begin road, a major thoroughfare in south Tel Aviv. The attacker tried to flee the scene on foot but he was chased and shot in leg by a passing prison officer. He was taken to hospital and is being questioned.

The assailant is a 23-year-old man from the West Bank city of Tulkarm, illegally residing in Israel, Internal Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovich said, adding that the “terrorist was in Israel without work visa”.

The stabbing is being treated as a “terror attack,” Israel Police foreign press spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said. Meanwhile, Islamist Hamas, which controls the Gaza Strip and whose charter vows complete destruction of Israel, hailed the attack as a “heroic act”.


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