Israeli moderately wounded in Petah Tikva stabbing
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Israeli moderately wounded in Petah Tikva stabbing

Assailant killed with own knife after attacking man in convenience store; victim suffers multiple stab wounds to upper body

Raoul Wootliff covers politics, corruption and crime for The Times of Israel.

The scene of a stabbing in Petah Tikvah on Tuesday, March 8, 2016. (United Hatzalah)
The scene of a stabbing in Petah Tikvah on Tuesday, March 8, 2016. (United Hatzalah)

An Israeli man was moderately wounded Tuesday afternoon in a terror stabbing attack in the central city of Petah Tikva, police said.

The Palestinian assailant followed the man into a shop on the city’s central Baron Hirsch Street and began stabbing him in his upper body. At one point the victim “regained composure” and together with the owner of the store subdued the attacker, taking the knife from him and “neutralizing” him, police said.

Police confirmed that the attacker was killed when he was stabbed with his own knife. Reports said the victim pulled the knife out of his own neck before turning it on the stabber.

Initial reports had said the stabbing may have occurred during an altercation; however, the incident was later widely reported to have been a terror attack.

Magen David Adom paramedics said they treated the victim, a ultra-Orthodox man of about 40 who suffered multiple stab wounds to his upper body, before taking him to the city’s Beilinson Hospital.

Nati Ostri, a volunteer medic from United Hatzalah who also treated the victim, said he found the man lying on the floor outside a convenience store.

“Together with other volunteers of the Ambucycle Unit of United Hatzalah we treated the victim utilizing first aid treatment, following which he was evacuated to Beilinson hospital in an emergency ambulance. At the time of transfer the victim was conscious,” he said.

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