IDF officer lightly hurt in terror stabbing at Beersheba central bus station

Attacker from nearby Bedouin city of Rahat is shot dead by another soldier at scene; another person lightly hurt by bullet ricochet

Emanuel (Mannie) Fabian is The Times of Israel's military correspondent

Police at the scene of a stabbing attack at the central bus station in Beer Sheva, southern Israel, March 31, 2024. (Dudu Greenspan/Flash90)
Police at the scene of a stabbing attack at the central bus station in Beer Sheva, southern Israel, March 31, 2024. (Dudu Greenspan/Flash90)

An off-duty Israel Defense Forces officer was stabbed and lightly wounded in a terror attack at Beersheba’s central bus station on Sunday morning, police and medics said.

According to police and the IDF, after stabbing the victim at a bus platform, the terrorist was shot by another soldier, and was later pronounced dead.

The stabber was identified by defense sources as Naji Abu Freh, 28, a resident of the nearby Bedouin city of Rahat.

The wounded officer was taken to Beersheba’s Soroka Hospital with minor injuries to his arm, the Magen David Adom ambulance service said. He was listed in good condition.

Another person was lightly hurt during the attack as a result of a bullet ricocheting amid the gunfire toward the attacker.

An off-duty Border Police officer at the scene, who identified himself as Shalev, told Ynet that he grabbed the stabber’s arm and another soldier at the scene shot him.

“I made the terrorist drop the knife,” he said. “They told me to move and shot two bullets at him.”

Other witnesses at the scene said they saw the terrorist at a bus stop before he stabbed the victim and that people ran as soon as he was shot.

A knife used in a terror stabbing attack at the central bus station in Beer Sheva, southern Israel, March 31, 2024. (Israel Police)

The attack came weeks after another Rahat resident originally from the Gaza Strip fatally stabbed an IDF noncommissioned officer at a gas station north of Beersheba in a terror attack.

Tensions in Israel and the West Bank have been high since October 7, when some 3,000 terrorists burst through the Gaza border into Israel in a Hamas-led attack, killing at least 1,200 people, most of them civilians, and seizing 253 hostages.

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