At Least Three Killed in Stabbing Attack in Central Israeli City of Elad

At least three people were killed and several others were wounded in a stabbing attack in the central Israeli city of Elad on May 5.

Emergency response service Magen David Adom (MDA) confirmed that at least three men in their early 40s were dead.

Six others were in serious condition while a further two had moderate to light injuries, according to the MDA.

The incident, which police described as a suspected terror attack, came as Israel observed its Independence Day and follows a series of deadly attacks in the Jewish state in recent weeks.

Police said it appeared that the attack had occurred at several spots in one area.

Police launched a manhunt, including helicopters and roadblocks, to search for a vehicle that had fled the scene.

According to Israeli media, two attackers, armed with knives, axes, or both, targeted people at a park.

Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennet held a situational assessment with heads of the security establishment following the attack, The Jerusalem Post reported.

Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz said that he has ordered an extension of the closure in Judea, Samaria, and Gaza, following the situational assessment.

Gantz also ordered the Israeli Defense Forces to continue assisting the police in capturing the attackers.

Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid condemned the attack on Twitter.

“The joy of Independence Day was cut short in an instant. A murderous attack in Elad terrifies the heart and soul,” Lapid said.

Lapid assured that security forces “will catch the killers and their senders and prosecute them.”

“Terrorists cannot scare us… We will continue to fight together for our independence and the security of the citizens of Israel,” Lapid said.

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