Attacker stabs guard at U.S. embassy in Tel Aviv: police

TEL AVIV Tue Nov 20, 2012 6:54am EST

1 of 3. An Israeli police officer (R) stands beside a man who was arrested, near the U.S. embassy in Tel Aviv November 20, 2012. The man stabbed a security guard at the U.S. embassy in Tel Aviv on Tuesday and was apprehended, a police spokesman said, and Israel Radio reported the assailant was an Israeli with a criminal background.

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TEL AVIV (Reuters) - A man apparently suffering from mental health problems stabbed a security guard at the U.S. embassy in Tel Aviv on Tuesday and was apprehended, police said.

"A Mazda car stopped next to the U.S. embassy and a man got out carrying a red bag and a pitchfork," said David Cohen, 48, who told Reuters he witnessed the incident while jogging along Tel Aviv's Mediterranean promenade.

"He began to run toward the security guards. They saw him, took their guns out and told him to get down on the ground," Cohen said.

"He continued running and then they fired in the air and ordered him again to lie down. He continued to advance. They jumped on him and took his bag away."

Police said one of the guards was slightly wounded and the attacker was taken into custody.

"It appears he was mentally unbalanced," Tel Aviv police chief Yoram Ohayon told reporters.

Israel Radio said the assailant was a 41-year-old Israeli with a criminal record.

(Writing by Ori Lewis, Reporting by Maayan Lubell and Baz Ratner, Editing by Jeffrey Heller)

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Comments (5)
americanguy wrote:
Sounds like suicide by cop to me.
It didn’t work out for him.

Nov 20, 2012 7:21am EST  --  Report as abuse
peterk201 wrote:
Now if the “mentally ill” man was a Palestinian or an arab, this news article as well as Israeli and US officials would be referring to the man as a “terrorist.” I am so sick of this double speak!

Nov 20, 2012 8:33am EST  --  Report as abuse
MetalHead8 wrote:
I’m suprised they just didn’t shoot him instead. You come at me with a pitchfork, your taking two .45ACPs to the chest. Their lives, their choice i guess. At least no one died and the guard wasn’t seriously injured.

Nov 20, 2012 8:55am EST  --  Report as abuse
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