The IDF spokesman announced a short time ago the IDF soldier murdered in the stabbing attack on board a bus in Afula today was Private Edan Atias HY”D, 19, a resident of Upper Nazareth.
The soldier was on the Egged bus traveling from his home community to Tel Aviv. the bus made a stopover in Afula. When the bus entered the Afula Central Bus Station, the attacker, Hussein Jawadra, of the PA village of Dir el-Basha near Jenin, stabbed him in his upper torso numerous times. While police reported the terrorist’s age as “a male in his 20s” earlier, it is now being reported he is 16-years-old. He is in custody and the knife used in the attack has been recovered.
An IDF officer and other passengers overpowered the terrorist and held him until police arrived.
The MDA response was very quick as a paramedic unit was in the immediate area. The victim was transported to HaEmek Hospital where he was taken immediately for emergency surgery but life-saving efforts were unsuccessful.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)