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Bnei Brak bridge stabbing suspect to be tried for terror, police say

West Bank resident allegedly attacked man walking to morning prayers earlier this month, leaving him with head injuries

A ramp leading to a bridge where a man was stabbed in a suspected terror attack between Bnei Brak and Givat Shmuel, July 5, 2022. (Avshalom Sassoni/Flash90)
A ramp leading to a bridge where a man was stabbed in a suspected terror attack between Bnei Brak and Givat Shmuel, July 5, 2022. (Avshalom Sassoni/Flash90)

Police plan to indict a 33-year-old Palestinian from the West Bank on terror charges over a stabbing in Bnei Brak earlier this month.

The Israel Police said Wednesday it had finished investigating the July 5 attack, which left Yitzhak Dahan, 47, with moderate injuries.

Dahan was attacked with a blunt object while walking to morning prayers on a footbridge between the ultra-Orthodox city of Bnei Brak and neighboring Givat Shmuel.

He suffered a wound to his head in the attack. The weapon used was unclear, but one report said it may have been a hammer or an axe. Dahan was treated at the Tel Hashomer medical center.

Shortly after the attack, authorities identified a suspect and arrested a resident of the West Bank town of Einabus, near Nablus.

The police statement did not identify the suspect by name.

The investigation showed that the suspect planned to carry out an attack for a “nationalist background,” meaning terror motives, police said on Wednesday.

He prepared for the attack in the area for several days by scouting out locations, police said.

Upon the conclusion of the investigation, a prosecutor’s statement on an upcoming indictment was submitted on Wednesday, along with a request to keep the suspect in custody until the end of the legal proceedings.

The Shin Bet previously said a suspect had been arrested in the attack, without providing further details.

Dahan said that he had passed the alleged assailant at the entrance to the pedestrian bridge and saw him reaching into a bag.

Yitzhak Dahan, 47, who was seriously hurt in a suspected terror attack between Bnei Brak and Givat Shmuel, speaks to Channel 12 news on July 6, 2022, a day after the attack. (Screenshot: Channel 12 news)

“After a few seconds, he came up behind me and inflicted blows on my head with something, probably metal,” Dahan told Channel 12.

The suspected terror attack came following a string of deadly incidents between mid-March and the beginning of May that left 19 people dead.

The most deadly attack — in which five people were killed — occurred in Bnei Brak, an ultra-Orthodox suburb of Tel Aviv.

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