The Israel Police and the Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) have yet to determine whether a stabbing incident in Nahariya on Friday night was a terrorist or criminal attack, the spokesman for the Coastal District said Saturday afternoon.
A 37-year-old Border Police officer was lightly to moderately wounded in the stabbing, which took place near the Central Bus Station on Haga’aton Boulevard.
On Saturday, police said that the attacker, a 16-yearold from an Arab village in the Galilee, was in custody and undergoing questioning by detectives and Shin Bet investigators. The suspect was to be taken to Haifa Magistrate’s Court for a remand hearing on Saturday night. He was apprehended a little less than two hours after the stabbing.
In surveillance camera footage of the stabbing, the attacker can be seen stabbing the officer in the upper back before the two begin struggling with one another.
The officer is seen breaking free and fleeing off camera, while the attacker pursues him wielding a knife.
The police said after the suspect was arrested that they were able to determine that there had been some sort of argument between the two men before the stabbing, leading them to believe the incident was a criminal attack and not terrorism.
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