Four Killed, Two Wounded in Knife Attack in Israel, Suspect Shot Dead

A knife-wielding Arab man on Tuesday killed four people and wounded two others outside a shopping mall in the southern Israel city of Be’er Sheva, with the Israeli Prime Minister praising the civilians who shot and killed the assailant.

Police spokesman Eli Levy said on Channel 13 TV, TRT that the terrorist, who was a resident of the Bedouin town of Hora, ran over a cyclist before leaving his vehicle and embarking on a stabbing spree near the Big shopping center.

“The suspect stabbed to death a gas-station employee, and later, two women and a man” the police said, adding two other civilians were also wounded in the attack. 

The terrorist has been identified as Muhammad Abu Al-Kia’an, 34, a former prisoner. “Al-Kia’an was known to be a supporter of ISIS and served jail time in Israel,” Kan News reported.

Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett praised the two civilians who fired on a “terrorist knife attacker” with their handguns, and “prevented more bloodshed.”

“The civilians who shot the terrorist exhibited alertness and bravery, and prevented additional victims. Security forces at the highest alert. We will act with a strong hand against terrorists. We will pursue and get hold of those who assist them,” Bennett quoted by his office in a statement.

Palestinian Islamic Jihad welcomed the attack, saying that “resistance operations deter the occupation.” A spokesman of the organization, Tarek Salami said the attack is “a natural response to the terror crimes” of Israel in the occupied Negev.

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