Kiryat Gat homeowner: Suddenly I saw weapons drawn

Ami Lahiani was awakened Saturday night to discover security forces swarming his home to capture the Kiryat Gat stabber.

Cynthia Blank ,

Site of attack in Kiryat Gat
Site of attack in Kiryat Gat
Magen David Adom

Following an extensive manhunt on Saturday night, security forces succeeded in capturing the terrorist who stabbed four people outside a soccer stadium in Kiryat Gat. 

After stabbing the Israeli civilians, the terrorist, armed with a knife and wearing bloodstained clothes, fled and hid in the dark area of a yard belonging to local resident Ami Lahiani. 

Lahiani, who had no idea the terrorist was hiding on his property, only realized something was amiss when he heard the sound of broken glass from the front door of his house. 

"I heard someone trying to enter the house," Lahiani told Channel 10 on Sunday. "I shouted 'Who is it?' but no sound came out." 

"I went downstairs and suddenly I saw [security forces] with their weapons drawn," he continued. "I asked what had happened and they told me the terrorist was in my house." 

"The police told me to 'stop,'" Lahiani also recounted to Channel 2. "I answered that I was the homeowner; then they told me to stay inside. The terrorist was hiding in the years behind the wall of the house. One wall separate us. I'm still in shock."

The terrorist has been identified as Mohammed Tarada, a Palestinian Arab teenager from the Yatir village near Hevron who was working illegally in Israeli sovereign territory. 

He wounded four people in the attack - a 51-year-old man, a 56-year-old woman, a 44-year-old woman, and a 13-year-old girl. All were brought to Barzilai Hospital in Ashkelon for treatment. 

Israel Police Southern Commander Yoram Halevi announced on Saturday night the arrest of Tarada, along with two other Arabs who had aided him in carrying out the attack.