Manhunt after youth stabbed to death in apparent terror attack
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Manhunt after youth stabbed to death in apparent terror attack

Police search for two suspected assailants who fled scene after attacking a 19-year-old next to a mall in the southern city of Arad

Judah Ari Gross is The Times of Israel's military correspondent.

Police units respond to an apparent terror attack in the southern city of Arad on November 30, 2017. (Israel Police)
Police units respond to an apparent terror attack in the southern city of Arad on November 30, 2017. (Israel Police)

A 19-year-old Israeli was stabbed to death at a bus station in the southern city of Arad on Thursday night in what police say appears to have been a terror attack.

Police said officers were searching the area for two assailants who fled the scene and set up roadblocks and “heightened security measures” in the area. Helicopters were also taking part in the searches.

After completing an initial investigation, police said the stabbing appeared to be a terror attack.

“Following an initial investigation by police forces at the scene it appears that the motivation for the stabbing … was nationalistic,” police said in a statement.

At approximately 9:30 p.m., medics received a call about a young man who was stabbed and seriously wounded at a bus stop near Arad’s shopping mall.

When medics arrived at the scene, they found him in a critical condition,  unconscious and without a pulse, according to the Magen David Adom ambulance service.

A helicopter was ordered to to rush him to hospital.  Medics performed CPR in the ambulance, but were forced to pronounce him dead before they reached the helicopter , one of the medics said.

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