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At Least Five Injured in Palestinian Terrorist Attack in Petah Tikva

At least five people were wounded when a Palestinian man opened fire at a bus and stabbed another man at the marketplace in the central Israeli city of Petah Tikva on Thursday afternoon.

The assailant began his attack a little before 5:00 p.m. near the busy Petah Tikva market, where people were shopping ahead of Shabbat. He opened fire on a bus by Baron Hirsch Street, shooting a 50-year-old man in the leg, the Times of Israel reported. Two women — one in her 50s, the other in her 30s — were also injured by shrapnel.

Several bystanders then attempted to subdue the shooter. A 40-year-old man told medical personnel that he had been stabbed in the neck with a screwdriver while attempting to apprehend the assailant before police arrived.

The shooter was identified by Palestinian media as 18-year-old Sadeq Nasser Abu Mazen from Beita al-Foka, a town south of Nablus.

A fifth person was lightly injured in the chaos following the shooting when a mob mistook him for the suspect.

The Palestinian terrorist group Hamas praised the attack, but did not take responsibility for it.

[Photo: The Time of Israel  / YouTube ]