8:09AM IL [UPDATES, VIDEO & PHOTOS BELOW] According to preliminary reports from Kiryat Sefer, an Arab armed with a knife is stabbing people in the street. It appears a number of people have already been injured. The extent of their injuries is not known at this time.
08:16AM IL: According to the first Hatzolah responders on the scene, two people were stabbed or cut in their throats. They appear in moderate condition. The attacker seems to have fled the scene.
08:26AM IL: It appears that what police believe was a terror attack began on Rashbi street near a shul. It now appears another person injured by a knife was found on Yehuda HaNasi Street. His condition is unknown. Regarding the first two victims, one appears to be in critical condition and the second moderate-to-serious.
In addition, an Arab male who was shot was found on Hillel & Shamai Street, presumed to have been the attacker but there is too much confusion to know with absolute certainty.
08:36AM IL: A search is underway for another Arab. According to statements from people who witnessed the attack in Kiryat Sefer, there were two terrorists, not one as was first believed.
08:47AM IL: A total of four people were injured in the Monday morning terror attack in the Brachfeld area of Kiryat Sefer, two seriously, one moderately and the fourth lightly.
08:53AM IL: Police are not ruling out the possibility that two Arabs were involved and they operated in different locations simultaneously. Police are still searching for one terrorist believed at large in the area.
09:01AM IL: Police report the attacker in Kiryat Sefer is an air conditioning technician who worked in the chareidi community. He used a screwdriver to attack his victims. A second attacker is believed still at large.
One victim is reported in serious condition at this time. The others appear in moderate and light condition according to the latest report.
09:06AM: The Vishnitz Rosh Yeshiva in Modi’in Illit was seriously wounded in the stabbing attack. The tzibur is requested to daven for Gavriel Yosef Avraham Aaron ben Yuta.
09:11AM IL: It now appears there are a total of five victims in the stabbing attack, two in serious condition and the others moderate and light condition. One terrorist, who was shot, is en route to a hospital in serious condition. A manhunt for a second attacker continues.
The preliminary police theory that two attackers operated independent of one another seems correct at this time.
09:25AM IL: Hatzolah volunteer Yehuda Herzig who was at the scene explains: All the victims were transported from the scene. Two are in moderate or more serious condition. The victims are important personalities in the chareidi world. The shul where the attack occurred is in the heart of the city near a building site.
The terrorist worked on the building site and also attacked his employer who is in serious condition. One very important rav is among the wounded. The attacker fled the scene with a foreman. They picked up someone on the way. The person they picked up is a member of the first response unit of the community, who immediately realized the person in the car is the terrorist who they are looking for. The incident ended with gunfire and the terrorist was seriously wounded.
10:06AM IL: A Hatzolah volunteer is among the seriously wounded in the terror attack. The tzibur is asked to daven for Aryeh ben Varda.
12:43PM IL: Tzvika Deutsch at about 12:30pm explained his brother Aryeh [ben Varda], who was seriously wounded in the Monday morning Modi’in Illit terror attack, was already in surgery for 2.5 hours. According to updates that he received from doctors, the surgery is going well and Aryeh sustained a fractured skull and there is internal cranial bleeding as well. Doctors are indicating the surgery should last about three hours.
Aryeh is married with four children.
The attacker works in Modi’in Illit construction for 12 years, and for the past three years, has been working for the brothers, who started their own contracting company. Tzvika stated that at present, it is difficult to use the word but prior to the stabbing attack, the attacker was considered a friend, someone he knew and treated well.
(Yechiel Spira – YWN Israel)