Palestinian murders IDF soldier in suspected terror attack at Afula bus station
Police: 16-year-old wanted to avenge relatives jailed in Israel.
A Palestinian teen stabbed an IDF soldier to death Wednesday morning inside a bus at the Afula bus station.
The soldier was named as 19-year-old Private Eden Atias, a resident of Nazareth Illit who had enlisted in the army a few weeks prior to the attack. He was reportedly on his way back to his base when he was murdered.
National Police Spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said the soldier was critically wounded at the scene and taken to the Valley Regional Hospital in Afula, where he died shortly thereafter.
Rosenfeld added that the attack is being treated as ideologically-motivated, as the man told investigators that he stabbed the soldiers because he has relatives in prison in Israel.
Magen David Adom paramedics said that at 8:38 am they received a call that a young man had been stabbed inside a bus at the Afula bus station. When they arrived they said they found the victim, “an 18-year-old youth with stab wounds across his body” in critical condition.