[Video here.] Almost 20 people were wounded early this morning in a terror attack in central Tel Aviv. At roughly 7:15 am a terrorist boarded Dan Line 40 bus on Begin Road in Tel Aviv near the Beit Maariv Bridge and stabbed the bus driver and a number of passengers before fleeing the scene. He was then shot and captured by sforces who were present in the area.
Ynet reports that 17 people were wounded in the attack, four are in serious condition, 3 moderately, 6 lightly and the rest suffered from anxiety.
One of the wounded was the bus driver, Herzl Biton, 55, seen in the photos above, who fought with the terrorist and sustained two wounded to his chest. He is in moderate condition and currently undergoing surgery.
Two of the victims were in critical condition and taken to Ichilov Medical Center, while another three were in moderate condition. A police team chased the perpetrator and shot him, apparently hitting him in the leg. The area was closed to traffic.
Internal Security Minister Yitzchak Aharonovich said that the “terrorist was in Israel without work visa.”
“We were in our car behind the bus,” an eyewitness told Ynet. “Suddenly we saw people getting off and running, screaming, and crying hysterically. We didn’t know what to do. We were scared he was going to come towards us. Several ambulances arrived and they just evacuated everyone.”
Tel Aviv District Police Commander Bentzi Sau arrived at the scene, and described the event as a “serious nationalistically motive incident.”
The terrorist, who initially fled the scene and was captured some 400 meters away, “began the attack immediately after boarding the bus,” the police commander said, adding that “after her hurt the driver he continued to stab other passengers.”
He praised the driver, who fought the terrorist: “He struggled with the attacker and slowed him down.” He further praised the forces who final arrested the terrorist.
Nahshon soldiers who arrested the terrorist were nearby coincidentally. They were escorting prisoners to the courthouse and spotted the suspect in the act. They chased after him before shooting him in the leg and arresting him. The terrorist was evacuated to Wolfson Medical Center.
Their commander said that the “soldiers were riding behind the bus and chased terrorist until he was neutralized.”
Hamas praised the attack as a ‘heroic and courageous act.’