Two Israel Police officers injured in stabbing attack in Arab city

The man reportedly stabbed his partner before attacking police officers responding to reports of the crime.

  Israel Police officers at the scene of a stabbing in Baka al-Gharbiya (photo credit: ISRAEL POLICE SPOKESPERSON'S UNIT)
Israel Police officers at the scene of a stabbing in Baka al-Gharbiya
(photo credit: ISRAEL POLICE SPOKESPERSON'S UNIT)

Two Israel Police officers were injured on Thursday in a stabbing attack in the Arab city of Baka al-Gharbiya, central Israel.

The attacker, a local resident, was confronted by police forces after they received reports of him stabbing his partner. An Israel Police officer was stabbed during attempts to arrest the suspect and was lightly injured. 

Another officer was moderately injured during the altercation, police said.

The assailant's partner, a 26-year-old Kalansuwa resident, was moderately injured and rushed to Hillel Yaffe Medical Center in Hadera along with the wounded police officers.

The suspect was eventually arrested by Israel Police and was taken to the local police station to be investigated. He was reportedly known to police prior to the incident.

 PUBLIC SECURITY Minister Omer Bar Lev. (credit: OLIVIER FITOUSSI/FLASH90) PUBLIC SECURITY Minister Omer Bar Lev. (credit: OLIVIER FITOUSSI/FLASH90)

"This is a prime example of the dangers faced by police officers when responding to reports of violence," Public Security Minister Omer Bar Lev said later on Thursday, saying the danger is "especially prevalent" in cases of domestic abuse and violence.