Knife attack (illustration)
Knife attack (illustration)Abed Rahim Khatib/Flash 90

Worshippers at a Kiryat Malachi synagogue were stunned Thursday morning to discover that a severely wounded man in the synagogue courtyard.

The 28-year old man had apparently been stabbed just outside of the synagogue during morning prayers.

The MDA and United Hatzalah were called to the synagogue, but the stabbing victim was soon declared dead on the scene.

Police tracked down the killer, a 43-year old man, who barricaded himself in a nearby apartment. Fire and Rescue services broke into the unit, and police arrested the man, who suffered light injuries during the incident.

Kiryat Malachi police said the killing appeared to have been the result of a scuffle between the two men. The victim, police said, appeared to have been homeless, and been living in on a compound near the synagogue. Police said the incident does not appear to be terror-related.