IDF soldier stabbed, moderately hurt in Afula attack
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IDF soldier stabbed, moderately hurt in Afula attack

Suspect apprehended by bystanders after knifing 20-year-old in northern town; police use force to disperse mob

The suspected assailant in an attack in Afula is apprehended on October 8, 2015. (screen capture: Facebook)
The suspected assailant in an attack in Afula is apprehended on October 8, 2015. (screen capture: Facebook)

An IDF soldier was stabbed in the northern city of Afula, in the latest of a string of attacks on Israelis around the country on Thursday. The suspected attacker was apprehended by police.

The 20-year-old soldier was in moderate condition after suffering a stab wound to the chest. He was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment.

The attack took place in downtown Afula, an eyewitness told Channel 2. The suspected attacker was tackled by bystanders. A video posted on Facebook appeared to show residents of Afula apprehending the suspect, and some of them beating him while pinned to the ground.

The suspect was later identified as 20-year-old Tariq Abd el-Fattah Yahya of Jenin.

Police had to use tear gas to disperse the mob that gathered around the suspected attacker. Residents then hurled stones at the police, Channel 10 reported, then attacked a Channel 2 news crew.

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Posted by Pub-leak on Thursday, 8 October 2015

The suspect was in police custody and being interrogated.

Thursday evening’s attack was the fourth stabbing attack of the day, following assaults on Israelis in Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and Kiryat Arba. No one was killed in any of the attacks, although at least seven people were injured.

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