Tel Aviv terror attack 311.
(photo credit: REUTERS/ Nir Elias)
Indictments were filed on Sunday in the Tel Aviv District Court against two men
in connection with a terror attack in south Tel Aviv in August.
people were injured in the attack, in which 21-year-old Mohammed Bin Said Zofran
carjacked a taxi at knife-point and rammed it into border- police officers Or
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Zofran shouted “Allahu Akbar” [God is great] as he
swerved into border police outside the crowded Haoman 17 nightclub on Salameh
He went on to brutally stab a nightclub security guard before
being subdued by nightclub manager Yitzhak Assaraf and two more guards, Oleg
Chritov and Grigory Sokolov. The three men were injured in the
Zofran, originally from Kalkilya, is charged with attempted
murder, injury with serious intent, robbery, illegal residency and conspiracy to
commit a crime.
A second defendant, 21- year-old south Tel Aviv resident
Mohammed Bin Saddam Hussein Biari, is charged with conspiracy to commit a crime,
failure to prevent a crime and destroying evidence.
According to the
indictment, in 2011 the Kalkilya native was living in Israel illegally, making a
living by doing odd jobs and sleeping in an abandoned apartment next to the
Siksik mosque in Jaffa.
While praying at the mosque Zofran met Biari, an
Arab-Israeli from Jaffa. The two then began to plan a terror attack.
July 2011, Zofran had already begun physical training for the terror attack. He
practiced how to use a knife and a stick in his apartment.
On August 12,
during Ramadan, Zofran and Biari hatched a plot to stab Israeli security forces
and civilian Jewish Israelis near the al- Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem.
bought two knives and traveled by bus to the capital.
Zofran and Biari
stayed at the al-Aqsa mosque for two weeks. After speaking to a cleric at the
mosque, however, Zofran told his friend that he had decided to act alone and
would return to Jaffa to become a “martyr.” Before he left, however, Zofran used
Biari’s cellphone to record a short film of himself for his parents.
August 28, Zofran went to the new Central Bus Station in Tel Aviv, planning to
stab a soldier, steal his gun and shoot border police. When he failed to find a
suitable victim, he noticed a tractor on a building site on Yedidia Frenkel
Street in the Florentin neighborhood.
Zofran decided to steal the tractor
and use it to run over soldiers.
That night, Zofran returned to the
construction site but could not find the tractor.
Instead, he decided to
hijack a taxi and use it to attack border police standing at the nearby junction
between Abarbanel and Salameh streets.
Biari was arrested shortly
afterwards, after he had deleted Zofran’s movie from his cellphone.