Israeli Critically Wounded Overnight in Jerusalem-area Stabbing

Victim hospitalized with life-threatening wounds after being stabbed multiple times in a mall in settlement of Ma'ale Adumim in what is being investigated as a terror attack.

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An Israeli, one of three wounded in a shooting attack, is evacuated to a hospital in Jerusalem, January January 31, 2016.
FILE PHOTO: Terror attack victim taken to Jerusalem hospitalCredit: Reuters
Yaniv Kubovich
Yaniv Kubovich

An Israeli man in his 40s was critically wounded early Friday after being stabbed multiple times in a mall in the Jerusalem-area settlement of Ma'ale Adumim.

The assailant fled the scene shortly before police and security forces arrived. The Shin Bet said they are treating the incident as a likely terror attack.

At roughly 1:15 am Friday, the police received alerts of a stabbing at the Ma'ale Adumim mall, and a large number of forces arrived there and found a 47-year-old security guard lying unconscious on the floor with numerous knife wounds to his upper torso.

The victim was rushed to a Jerusalem hospital where he was put on life support and was now undergoing surgery. Medical officials from the Hadassah University Hospital, Ein Karem said the man's life was still at risk.

The police and Shin Bet are investigating the stabbing as a politically motivated attack and security forces are conducting a manhunt for the assailant. As a precaution, Ma'ale Adumim has been closed for Palestinian laborers by the police until Sunday, they said.

On Wednesday, an Israeli soldiers shot and killed Capt. (res.) Eliav Gelman, a reservist Israeli officer, while trying to subdue a knife-wielding Palestinian man at Gush Etzion Junction in the West Bank. The IDF spokesman said Gelman was shot by an IDF force that had opened fire on a terrorist. 

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