Police on lookout for copycat attacks, top cop says

Police chief Yaakov Shabtai says cops are being put on high alert out of fear of copycat attacks.

Speaking from the scene of the stabbing in Beersheba, Shabtai says police and Shin Bet investigators are checking whether the attacker had help, but think he acted alone.

“This terrorist carried out a murderous heinous rampage, ramming people and stabbing them. We haven’t confronted something on this scale in some time,” he says. “We have bolstered national preparedness out of concern for copycat attacks.”

A local police commander says the attack lasted eight minutes, but says police got to the scene as fast as they could. He praises bystanders for taking action before police arrived to neutralize the attacker.

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