Deadly attack hits bus station in southern Israel

REF: One Israeli soldier has died of his wounds and at least 11 people, including four soldiers, have been injured in an attack on a bus station in southern Israel, police said, describing the incident as a shooting and stabbing attack.

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Following the attack on Sunday evening, police opened fire on two people at the station in Beersheba, killing an alleged Palestinian attacker and injuring a man of Eritrean origin.

It was not immediately clear whether both of those shot were involved in the attack. Israeli media reported that security forces mistook the Eritrean for an attacker and shot him. He is believed to be in a critical condition.

According to the police, the attacker stabbed a soldier and stole his weapon, opening fire on the crowds at the bus terminal. The soldier died at the hospital.

The Israeli IBA network posted footage purportedly recorded by a surveillance camera of the attack.

In other video circulated online, a man, said to be the Eritrean, is seen being kicked by several people as he lied bleeding on the ground. [The graphic footage – which could be disturbing to some viewers – can be found here.]

The identity of the assailant was not immediately known, and there was no claim of responsibility for the attack.

But it was praised by Palestinian groups in Gaza, with Hamas calling it a “natural response” and Islamic Jihad saying it was a “normal answer to Israeli crimes”.

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