Victim undergoes emergency surgery in critical condition; Palestinian suspect from Nablus entered country illegally
(SOURCE) An IDF soldier, about 20 years of age, was critically wounded after being stabbed multiple times in a terror attack at Tel Aviv’s Hahagana train station on Monday afternoon.
Police confirmed the attack was a politically motivated terrorist attack.
A 50-year-old man who confronted the terrorist was lightly injured in the scuffle, and received medical treatment at the scene, Channel 2 reported.
The attacker was in police custody, Israel Radio reported. Initial reports identified the suspect as an 18-year-old Palestinian man from Nablus who had illegally entered Israeli territory. Channel 2 named the stabber as Nur al-Din Abu Hashiyeh.
Police were interrogating the man and had forwarded his identity to the Shin Bet security agency.
An eyewitness to the attack said the victim was wearing an air force uniform.
Senior Israel Police official Shahar Hamdi asked the public to be alert and report any Palestinians residing illegally in Israel to the authorities.
The terrorist tried unsuccessfully to grab the soldier’s gun after stabbing him repeatedly in the leg, Israel Radio reported.
Eyewitnesses identified the attacker as wearing a red shirt and jeans, and said he fled west in the direction of the Tel Aviv central bus station. Police arrested the man, who hid on the fourth floor of a building near the scene of the crime, Israel Radio reported.
Zaki Heller, the spokesman for Magen David Adom, said the victim was unconscious and was found by paramedics without a pulse, and received first aid at the scene.
Public Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch arrived at the scene of the incident shortly afterwards.
Hamas welcomed but did not take responsibility for the stabbing attack, Channel 10 reported. The terror group encouraged Palestinians to continue targeting Israelis.