Ramle stabbing seen as a terror attack, police confirm, though assailant was ‘mentally unstable’

Police are investigating the Ramle stabbing as a suspected terror attack, Avi Bitton, the Israel Police central district chief, confirms at the scene of the attack.

He also notes, however, that the assailant was “mentally unstable.”

Bitton says the attacker stabbed the victim, aged 19, several times in the back before fleeing the scene. She has been hospitalized in serious condition.

The attacker was chased by friends and relatives of the victim for about a kilometer to a second location where he attempted to stab another woman, Bitton said.

He was then shot dead by one of those chasing back, who was carrying a licensed weapon, said Bitton.

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