Afula bus station attacker was suicidal, indictment says


JERUSALEM (JTA) — An Arab-Israeli woman accused of attempting a terror attack at a bus station in northern Israel was indicted on lesser charges of threatening and carrying a knife.

The woman, identified in media reports as Asra’a Abed, was shot by security forces on Oct. 9 after brandishing a knife at a bus station in Afula, in northern Israel.

An investigation by the Shin Bet security service and the Israel Police determined that the woman was mentally unstable and upset over the end of a romantic relationship,  and that she was attempting to commit suicide by posing as an attacker, according to reports. The indictment on lesser charges was filed Thursday in Nazareth Magistrate’s Court.

The woman, a student at the Technion in Haifa, has recovered from her wounds and was expected to be released from the hospital, the Times of Israel reported.

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