JERUSALEM, AP – A Palestinian man stabbed five people on a minibus in central Israel, killing one woman before passengers subdued him, police and witnesses said.
Police said the attack in the central Israeli city of Petach Tikva was politically motivated, but did not elaborate. They said the attacker came from the West Bank, but it was unclear how the he had entered Israel.
Witnesses said the attacker stood up while the bus was moving and began stabbing passengers. “He jumped on people and started to stab them,” said one witness, who gave only his first name, Benny.
Other witnesses said an angry passengers subdued the man on the yellow bus before police took him away. “They pummeled him. It was a great mess,” a witness, identified as Moshe, told Israel Army Radio.
Police said one woman was killed. Israel’s national rescue service said four others were wounded, including three women.
Tensions between Israel and the Palestinians have risen in recent days after Israel killed a top commander of the Islamic Jihad militant group.