At least thirteen people have been injured in a stabbing attack that occurred on a bus in Tel Aviv during the Wednesday morning rush hour. The attack was reportedly carried out by a 23-year-old Palestinian man from the West Bank city of Tul Karem who investigators believe entered Tel Aviv illegally. The police are calling the stabbing rampage a terrorist attack.
The attacker boarded the crowded bus during rush hour and quickly attacked the driver of the bus, causing the bus to begin moving erratically. After stabbing the driver, the attacker began stabbing the other passengers on the bus. The injured driver managed to open the vehicle’s back doors to let the passengers escape the carnage. At the time of this report, six of the victims were listed in serious condition at area hospitals.
Members of Israel’s police force were escorting prisoners to a nearby court in a vehicle behind the bus as the attack was occurring and noticed the unusual movement of the bus. When the attacker got off of the bus and attempted to flee, he was pursued by the police. After a brief flight, during which the attacker was shot in the leg, the suspect was apprehended and taken into custody. Police said that the suspect was taken for medical treatment and questioning at a nearby hospital.
Public Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch warned that these types of attacks are difficult to predict and warned the public to be vigilant in their observations so anything out the ordinary can be reported to the police. Additional details about the attacker have not yet been provided and local media has reported a gag order has been put into place to bar additional information from being disclosed. Police and security services are trying to determine whether the suspect had any accomplices.