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Stabbing of 18-year-old woman in Israel was terror: Shin Bet

A bullet casing lies on the ground at the scene of a stabbing in the Israeli city of Afula on Monday June 11 2018.
Screenshot from video provided by Israel Police

Israeli police arrested a Palestinian man suspected of stabbing an 18-year-old woman in a terror attack on Monday.

Shuva Malka, who was stabbed in the city of Afula in northern Israel was rushed to HaEmek Medical Center and is “in serious but stable condition,” according to HaEmek. 

Shin Bet security agency confirmed on Tuesday that stabbing attack was terror and that the suspect had "linked himself" to the attack without calling it an admission. 

“The main line of investigation is that this was a terror attack, however, the investigation is continuing, in order to rule out other motives,” a police spokesperson said on Tuesday. 

Police officers shot an unnamed Palestinian man in his leg after being told to stop fleeing the scene. The police said that were not yet able to establish a motive for the stabbing.

“Police units arrested a suspect in connection with the stabbing incident after he attempted to flee the scene. The suspect is from Jenin, in his 20s and was carrying a knife,” a statement from the police said on Monday.

They said the man was shot after he refused to stop.

Michal Malka, Shuva's mother, said it was “a miracle” that Shuva had survived while calling on the government for an “unequivocal” response to the attack, Times of Israel reported on Tuesday. 

“When we arrived to the scene, it was very chaotic. There was an 18-year-old girl sitting on a chair at the entrance to a store. She was conscious and suffering from multiple stab wounds to the upper body,” a medic said, according to Times of Israel.

The woman managed to escape to a nearby cafe where she reportedly told people that an Arab man had stabbed her.

The suspect was in Israel without a permit, the police said following the attack. 

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