Safety officers are probing how a Palestinian terrorist managed to flee after stabbing a safety guard on the entrance to a West Financial institution industrial zone, embarking on a stabbing and car-ramming spree that left three individuals lifeless and two others beside the guard injured.
The terrorist, 18-year-old Muhammed Souf, stabbed the 36-year-old guard close to the doorway to the Ariel Industrial Park, wounding him. In keeping with an preliminary probe, one other safety guard stationed within the space didn’t fireplace instantly at Souf, however slightly within the air.
Souf escaped, then killed two individuals and wounded a 3rd at and adjoining to a close-by gasoline station. He then drove away in a stolen automobile, which he proceeded to crash into different vehicles on Route 5, a serious regional freeway, killing one. He stabbed one other particular person on the freeway, stole one other automobile and crashed once more whereas driving towards visitors. He received out and was shot lifeless by troopers and armed civilians — some 20 minutes after starting his rampage.
The second guard was cited by Military Radio as saying he fired into the air as a result of there have been a number of passersby within the space that he feared can be harmed if he shot instantly on the terrorist.
“There have been lots of people there, I shot within the air as a result of I used to be afraid of wounding them. I noticed my pal with a stab wound within the neck and the very first thing I did was handle him and cease his bleeding,” the guard stated, in accordance with the radio station.
The guard is predicted to be questioned by the navy over the incident.
The three victims had been named as Tamir Avihai, Michael Ladygin, and Motti Ashkenazi.
Native officers stated the terrorist had labored within the industrial zone, and had a sound allow. Souf didn’t have any prior safety offenses, a protection supply advised The Instances of Israel.
In keeping with Palestinian media reviews, Israeli troops entered Souf’s residence village of Hares following the assault. The navy stated troops had been dispatched to the scene and had been looking the world for a suspect who allegedly aided the terrorist.
The assault got here amid an Israeli anti-terror offensive principally targeted on the northern West Financial institution to cope with a sequence of Palestinian assaults which have left 26 individuals in Israel and the West Financial institution lifeless because the begin of the yr.
The operation has netted greater than 2,000 arrests in near-nightly raids, however has additionally left over 130 Palestinians lifeless, lots of them — however not all — whereas finishing up assaults or throughout clashes with safety forces.