Terrorists open fire at Beersheba bus station, killing one

 

 

 



Terrorists open fire at Beersheba bus station, killing one


e person was killed and at least four people were injured in simultaneous terror attacks at the Central Bus Station in the southern city of Beersheba Sunday night.

Two attackers opened fire with a rifle and pistol at two different points in the terminal just after 7:30 p.m., injuring several people, including four police officers, police said.

One of the weapons was apparently stolen from a soldier, according to a Channel 2 report.

The attackers also apparently used blades to stab their victims, according to initial reports.

The fatality was identified as an Israeli soldier. His name was not immediately released.

One attacker was shot and killed and the other was shot and wounded by security forces at the scene, police said. However, they later said they were investigating whether one of the shot attackers was actually a bystander who was mistaken for an attacker because of his dark skin.

Two people suffered serious injuries, two were hospitalized in moderate condition, and two were treated for light wounds, according to a spokesperson for the Magen David Adom rescue service.

A police spokesperson put the number of injured at six, and other media reports but the tally at seven. The discrepancy could not be immediately clarified.

Gadi Abuchatzira, deputy head of the MDA Negev Region, said rescuers found a number of injured, all of them in their 20s, in the station.

“We arrived to the scene en masse and spread throughout the station to look for other victims. We did a triage and began giving life-saving treatment. Two of them had wounds to their upper bodies, they were unconscious,” Abuchatzira said.

One of those injured was reportedly one of the attackers.

“Four of the injured were fully conscious in moderate condition and suffering from gunshot wounds to the torso and legs. A woman was also injured with a gunshot wound to the limbs,” he said.

Security camera footage from the attack aired on Israeli TV seemed to show several people running from a man, who is eventually shot several times by a responding officer and killed.

According to initial reports, though, the man shown being shot was an Eritrean migrant who may have been unconnected to the attack and shot by mistake.

Security camera footage showing an alleged attacker crawling in the Beersheba central bus station on October 18, 2015. (screen capture: Channel 2)

Security camera footage showing an alleged attacker crawling in the Beersheba central bus station on October 18, 2015. (screen capture: Channel 2)

In the footage, no weapon can be seen in his hand, and he looks to possibly be trying to escape as well.

Police said they are investigating.

Security camera footage showing an alleged attacker being shot in the Beersheba central bus station on October 18, 2015. (screen capture: Channel 2)

Security camera footage showing an alleged attacker being shot in the Beersheba central bus station on October 18, 2015. (screen capture: Channel 2)

The attack was the first of what had been an otherwise quiet day, following a weekend that saw seven stabbings or stabbing attempts in Jerusalem, Hebron and elsewhere, amid a spate of attacks by Palestinians terrorists.

The Central Bus Station was later shut and security personnel were searching the site for any additional threats.

Bus and train services in the area were halted as well, Channel 2 reported.

An eyewitness told Channel 2 news the two were able to enter the bus station — which doubles as a commercial center — fairly easily, despite bolstered security forces throughout the country amid the terror wave.

Security forces responding to a terror attack at the Beersheba central bus station on October 18, 2015. (Screen capture: Channel 2)

Security forces responding to a terror attack at the Beersheba Central Bus Station on October 18, 2015. (Screen capture: Channel 2)

Earlier Sunday, hundreds of Palestinian protesters in two locations of the West Bank city of Hebron hurled stones and Molotov cocktails at Israeli security forces Sunday, following several stabbing attacks that were carried out by Palestinians in the area over the weekend.

In the West Bank city of Tulkarem, about 100 rioters hurled rocks, burned tires and threw Molotov cocktails at Israel Defense Forces soldiers, who responded with nonlethal dispersal means. No injuries were reported in the incident.

Dozens of Palestinians also burned tires along the southern part of the Gaza Strip border fence, the Ynet news site reported.

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