A Sunday evening terror attack in Beersheba has left 11 Israelis wounded and claimed the life of 19-year-old IDF soldier Omri Levi in the latest incident of Palestinian violence and terror to strike Israel.
The attack occurred at approximately 7:30 pm in the Central Bus Station in one of Israel’s largest southern cities. The terrorist, identified as Muhanad Alukabi, 21, was an Israeli Arab from the Bedouin town of Hura.
Alukabi stabbed Levi, who later died of his wounds, and then stole his weapon, opening fire on the crowded bus terminal. The terrorist was shot dead by security forces after hiding out in a bathroom.
In the confusion during the attack, an Eritrean migrant worker, who was mistook for a second terrorist, was shot in the head by a security officer. He died of his wounds early Monday morning in Soroka Hospital.
Israeli Police have confirmed members of Alukabi’s family have been arrested on suspicion of aiding and abetting. According to the Shin Bet, Alukabi’s mother was originally from the Gaza Strip. She was granted Israeli citizenship after marrying an Israeli Arab.
Police are investigating into how Alukabi managed to slip past security officers stationed at the entrance to the bus station armed with a knife and a handgun. Security measures have been beefed up as of Monday morning.
Beersheba Mayor Rubik Danielovitch praised the quick response of security officers to the attack. “We’re talking about a very serious terror attack that could have resulted in severe consequences if it weren’t for the resourcefulness and the quick response of security forces,” he told Channel 2.
“I appeal to residents: I understand the storm of emotions, but specifically now, we must practice restraint, be balanced and act calmly. Do not take the law into your own hands,” Rubik pleaded.