Palestinian Terrorist Stabs Woman to Death in Central Israel

A 53-year-old woman is dead in Petah Tikvah, after a Palestinian terrorist stabbed her and several others in a minibus. Five people are wounded, four in serious condition. <BR><br/>

Hillel Fendel, | updated: 10:22

The name of the victim: Kineret Ben-Shalom.

The murderer has not yet been publicly identified, but police say he is from eastern Jerusalem. He boarded a Route 51 minibus on Jabotinsky St., a main thoroughfare connecting Petah Tikvah and Ramat Gan, shortly after 9:30 AM. He suddenly drew a knife and began stabbing passengers.

The precise order of events is not yet clear, but he continued swinging his knife on the street until he was overcome by two passers-by. As one man pointed a gun at him, another hero smashed the terrorist in the legs with a board, causing him to fall. A policeman then came and arrested the terrorist.

"I saw him just start slaughtering people," one eyewitness said.

A passing driver said, "I saw people falling, people who were stabbed, an older girl who was stabbed, a boy lying down next to her, and three more. We heard people yelling, 'Terrorist, terrorist!' It's the scariest thing that could be."

The wounded were taken to nearby Beilinson Hospital. A woman died on the operating table as doctors fought to save her life. According to the hospital spokesman, four people are listed in serious condition, and one other in "light" condition.

New IDF Southern Region Commander Maj.-Gen. Yoav Galant issued a warning: "Whoever tries to harm Israel, will get hurt seven times worse. Israel has many means at its disposal, and we won't hesitate to use them."

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