4 folks have been killed in a terror attack which happened at a shopping centre in Israel.
The attack claimed the lives of three women and one man in the southern metropolis of Beersheba.
Two other people had been also injured within the incident, one among them critically.
The knifeman was later shot by a passerby and he died shortly after.
Police are treating the incident as a suspected terror attack.
Based on The Times of Israel, the attacker was identified as 34-year-old Mohammad Ghaleb Abu al-Qi’an, a former terror convict who served three years in jail for belonging to ISIS and attempting to recruit individuals to it.
A police spokesperson stated: “It seemed to be a single terrorist who went on a stabbing spree”, before adding: “A civilian took the initiative and shot and killed him.”
Defense Minister Benny Gantz said he sends his condolences to the victims’ families.
Gantz added: “The IDF and security forces will use all means to stop terrorist incidents, as much as potential. We are on high alert towards all threats in all areas.
“We are going to guarantee that anybody who encourages or helps the latest attacks, will pay a price.”
The Hamas terror group praised the stabbing attack, saying it “salutes the executor of the heroic operation in occupied Beersheba,” but did not claim the suspect as a member.
Hamas spokesperson Abd al-Latif al-Qanou informed the official Hamas radio: “The occupation’s crimes shall be met with heroic operations: stabbings, rammings and shootings.”
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