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Palestinian shot in Tel Aviv after knife attack on bus

Police chief praises bus driver who faught off attacker despite being stabbed

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A Palestinian man has been shot in Israel after stabbing as many as 10 people on a busy commuter bus in central Tel Aviv during Wednesday’s rush hour.

The man was shot in the leg by a prison security officer travelling in a separate vehicle, who saw the man trying to escape, police said.

Tel Aviv police commander Bentzi Sau said 10 people had been injured. He said the assailant was a West Bank resident who stabbed the driver and then attacked passengers shortly after boarding the bus.

Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said the Palestinian was a 23-year-old resident of the West Bank town of Tulkarm.

A doctor at Tel Aviv’s Ichilov hospital told Army Radio that seven people had been admitted for treatment, four were said to have been seriously hurt.

“Shortly after he boarded the bus, the assailant stabbed the driver several times but there was an excellent response from him as he resisted the attack and in this way the terrorist was stunned,” Sau told reporters at the scene.

Sau said a vehicle with prison officers travelling close by saw the attack and officers gave chase. They caught the man in a nearby street and shot him in the leg as he tried to escape.

The stabbing was the latest in a string of incidents in the past few months at a time of heightened tension between Palestinians and Israelis, particularly in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.

Israel seized the territories in a 1967 war and Palestinians want them for an independent state, along with Gaza.

(With Reuters)