Israel Brief August 29, 2011: Seven injured by Palestinian attacker in Tel Aviv




Seven injured by Palestinian attacker in Tel Aviv

Source: JTA, 8-29-11

Seven people were injured in Tel Aviv by a Palestinian who rammed a stolen taxi into a police roadblock outside a nightclub and then got out of the car and began stabbing people.

The attack took place early Monday morning outside the Tel Aviv nightclub Haoman 17. The 20-year-old attacker, a resident of the West Bank town of Nablus, was subdued and taken into custody by Israeli police.

The man hijacked a taxi at 1:30 a.m. and some 10 minutes later drove it into a Border Police roadblock protecting the nightclub, which was packed with more than 1,000 high school students attending a party, The Jerusalem Post reported.

The attacker then got out of the car and shouted “Allahu Akbar!” — Arabic for “God is great!” — as he assaulted people with a knife.

According to The Jerusalem Post, five of those injured in the attack were members of the Border Police. One of those hurt in the attack was seriously injured, two were moderately injured and the rest were lightly injured, the newspaper reported.

Israel Brief August 29, 2011: Tel Aviv Terror Attack Was Aimed at 2,000 Teens in Nightclub



Terror Attack in Tel Aviv Was Aimed at 2,000 Teens

Source: Virtual Jerusalem, 8-29-11

Police prevented a huge catastrophe by stopping a Palestinian Authority terrorist who wounded eight people at a Tel Aviv nightclub patronized by approximately 2,000 young people.

Border Police had been preparing for terrorist attacks, and their presence enabled them to stop the terrorist, hailing from Shechem (Nablus) in the Shomron (Samaria), before he could continue his assault with a knife.

The police “prevented a big disaster,” said Police Commander Yochanan Danino.

Dozens of police officers brought down the terrorist, age 25, after he hijacked a taxicab, wounding its driver, and was surprised by a police roadblock, which he slammed into. He then drove on for another half a mile. He then reached a nightclub holding approximately 2,000 young people at a party and continued knifing his victims for a short while until police, alert to his presence and therefore out in numbers, apprehended him.

One Border Police officer suffered wounds in his neck, and the taxi driver was cut on his hands when he tried to yank the knife away from the terrorist.

All of those wounded suffered light to moderate injuries.

The Palestinian Authority has not commented on the terrorist attack. Shechem, from where the terrorist arrived, is under control by the Palestinian Authority, which is committed to dismantling the terrorist infrastructure.

“The incident was further proof of the motivation of terrorists to attack,” Danino said.

The attack still is under investigation, but the Public Security Minister said that the terrorist appears to have acted on his own, bearing out warnings from intelligence officers that “lone terrorists,” without direct involvement of a terrorist organization, are prepared to carry out attacks at any time throughout the country.

A high alert against terror is in effect along the southern border.


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