Afula stabber indicted by state for attempted murder

The attack occurred on Arlozorov Street in Afula and a 21-year-old IDF soldier and another person were wounded.

October 19, 2015 13:34
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Scene of Afula stabbing attack. (photo credit: COURTESY ISRAEL POLICE)


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The Northern District Attorney's Office on Monday filed an indictment against Tarak Yahya, 20 of Araka Village in the West Bank for attempted murder in a stabbing attack on October 8 in Afula.

Yahya was also charged with illegal possession of a knife and illegally entering Israel on multiple instances.

The attack occurred on Arlozorov Street in Afula and a 21-year-old IDF soldier and another person were wounded, Magen David Adom stated.

Paramedics provided medical treatment at the scene before taking the two people to Emek Medical Center in Afula.

Following the attack, civilians pinned the terrorist, who spoke Arabic, to the ground until police could arrive. A group of bystanders in the area tried to attack the suspect, as well as officers. More police were called to the scene to disperse them with tear gas.

Yahya, who is single, has no history of previous security offenses or arrests.

Miki Fischler, a volunteer United Hatzalah paramedic who arrived on the scene, described finding "a youth who was stabbed by a terrorist in his upper body. Together with other volunteers we gave him medical treatment. He was fully conscious and suffering from stab wounds."

He added that "security forces acted to neutralize the terrorist and to prevent him from stabbing additional civilians. A number of people were treated on the scene for shock and inhalation of tear gas."

Jerusalem Post Staff contributed to this report.

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