Israeli soldier, Jewish grandmother stabbed in separate attacks


JERUSALEM (JTA) — An Israeli soldier and a Jewish grandmother were stabbing victims in separate attacks in southern Israel.

On Sunday, a 20-year-old soldier was lightly injured in a stabbing near the central bus station in Ashkelon, allegedly by a Sudanese national. The suspected stabber was shot by another soldier at the scene who used the victim’s weapon and died hours later at the city’s Barzilai Medical Center, where the victim was also treated.

Police said the attack appeared to be nationalistically motivated.

The bus station was filled with soldiers returning from weekend leaves.

A day earlier, a 65-year-old grandmother was lightly wounded in a suspected terror attack while shopping with her family at a market in the Bedouin city of Rahat. The stabber was not caught.

Police said they did not know if the assailant was a local Bedouin or a Palestinian from the West Bank who was working in the city.

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