Stabbing victim pulls knife from own neck, turns on attacker

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An Israeli man who was randomly attacked and stabbed multiple times managed to pull the knife from his own neck and use it to stab his attacker.

The attack happened Tuesday in Petah Tikva, an Israeli city about 10 kilometres east of Tel Aviv.

The attacker followed the victim into a store and stabbed him repeatedly, including in the neck. Police later shot and killed the Palestinian attacker, according to the Associated Press.

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The stabbing victim, identified as Yonatan Azarihab, 40, was collecting money for charity at the time of the violent incident, the Times of Israel reports. He suffered multiple stab wounds to his upper body in what police called a “frenzied attack” and is recovering in hospital.

Police say it’s believed to have been a terrorist attack.

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The attack was one of a series of stabbings and shooting assaults on Israelis by Palestinian attackers that day.

In all, one U.S. citizen was killed and 12 Israelis wounded on Tuesday.

American tourist Taylor Force, 29, died after he was stabbed, along with six others, in a random attack in Jaffa.

Force, a Vanderbilt grad student, was on a school trip when he was killed.

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“Taylor embarked on this trip to expand his understanding of global entrepreneurship and also to share his insights and knowledge with start-ups in Israel,” Vanderbilt chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos said in a statement.

“This horrific act of violence has robbed our Vanderbilt family of a young hopeful life and all of the bright promise that he held for bettering our greater world.”

Tuesday’s violence is the latest bloodshed in a more than five-month wave of violence that has gripped the region and shows no sign of abating.

With a file from the Associated Press

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