Two hurt in Rehovot terror axe attack

Jenin man tells police he wanted to avenge death of friend, who he says was killed in Gaza operation.

wounded sderot 224.88 (photo credit: AP)
wounded sderot 224.88
(photo credit: AP)
An ax-wielding 20-year-old man from Jenin attacked passersby on Rehovot's main Herzl Street on Friday, lightly wounding two people. The assailant then stood with the ax and shouted "Allahu Akhbar" before being arrested. A 17-year-old suffered light cuts near his ear. He was treated at the scene. A second person also sustained light wounds, but left before paramedics could reach him. The attacker told police he came to avenge the death of a friend who died in the IDF's Gaza operation. "We view this as a sporadic incident, not an organized attack," a Shfela Police spokeswoman said. The suspect was transferred to the security forces for further questioning.