01/21/2015, 00.00
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Tel Aviv, 12 stabbed in bus attack

Four injured passengers are in critical condition. The police suspect terrorist attack of a "lone wolf". The assailant is a young 23 year old from Tulkarem (West Bank).

Tel Aviv (AsiaNews / Agencies) - Israeli police wounded and arrested a person who had stabbed 12 passengers on a bus in the town center. The assailant is a young man of 23 from the West Bank city of Tulkarem who had entered Israel illegally.

The number 40 bus was traveling down Menachem Begin Road, when the young man attacked some passengers inside. Then he tried to escape, wounding still more, and was shot in the leg by guards nearby. Four of the injured are in a serious condition. Police are treating this as a "terrorist attack".

Following the Gaza war last summer, there have been several terrorist attacks carried out by "lone wolves", in short individuals not belonging to groups or organizations.

Last November, in Tel Aviv, an Israeli soldier was killed in a knife attack and a woman killed at the bus stop in the West Bank. The increased tension coincided with mounting tensions and protests by Jewish settlers who wanted to pray (and occupy) the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, in violation of the status quo of the city.

At the same time, in recent months, al Qaeda and Isis there have frequently called on Muslims to strike people and structures that are the enemy of Islam as "lone wolves".


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