Scene of Ma'ale Adumim attack
Scene of Ma'ale Adumim attack Mebarim Tikshoret

Saadi Ali Abu Hamad, the 21-year-old Arab terrorist who brutally attacked a Jewish security guard in Ma'ale Adumim with an ax last week, was an employee at the mall where the attack took place, it has been revealed.

Abu Hamad was arrested after a two-day manhunt following the attack, which left 48-year-old father of four Tzvika Cohen fighting for life.

Further details of the terrorist's arrest have since emerged Sunday morning.

Security forces were able to locate the terrorists after a tip-off last night to the emergency police 100 hotline from a relative of the attacker, who said that he wanted to hand him over to authorities.

Cohen was found barely alive and with extensive injuries by a cleaner at the mall, who immediately alerted the Magen David Adom ambulance service and police. He is currently being treated at Hadassah Ein Kerem hospital in Jerusalem, where doctors have warned his condition is deteriorating.

A resident of Ma'ale Adumim, Cohen was due to celebrate his son's Bar Mitzvah in two weeks' time. His family are currently maintaining a bedside vigil in the hospital, praying for a miracle, and have appealed to the public to pray for Tzvika ben (the son of) Batya.

This is not the first time the Cohen family has been struck by brutal Arab terrorism. In 2000 Tzvikah's brother Rahamim was seriously injured when a terrorist driving a taxi rammed into him and then stabbed him repeatedly, leaving him for dead in a pool of blood.

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