Police prevented two attempted lynchings following a terror attack in Netanya on Monday evening that left a 71-year-old Israeli man seriously wounded, Channel 2 television reported.
A 23-year-old Palestinian man from the West Bank city of Tulkarem stabbed and seriously wounded the elderly man early Monday evening, then fled the scene.
Police who were nearby rushed to the scene and began to pursue the attacker. The Palestinian turned to face the cops, knife drawn, when one officer shot him four times in the legs. He was seriously wounded, according to police.
According to reports from the scene, a local shopkeeper saw the wounded terrorist and attempted to rush the officers and stab him.
Police stopped the attacker and arrested him for attempted assault.
In the meantime, a crowd gathered around the scene. Some in the crowd concluded that the detained man was the terrorist and attempted to attack him. Police forces rushing to the scene held off the mob.
Several terror attacks in recent weeks were followed by attempts to attack the terrorists — and, at times, innocents mistaken for the attackers.
Earlier Monday, a Palestinian terrorist stabbed three people, including an 80-year-old woman, in the city of Rishon Lezion. Police took the terrorist into custody before he could be attacked by the bystanders who had gathered near him.
In mid-October, a mob at the Beersheba Central Bus Station mistook Eritrean asylum-seeker Haftom Zarhum for the terrorist who had carried out a terror attack at the station moments earlier, shooting and beating Zarhum, who later died of his wounds in the hospital.