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Gay parade attack accused kept in custody by Israeli court

Published 31/07/2015 | 15:52

A man is detained by plain-clothes police officers after he stabbed people during a gay pride parade in Jerusalem (AP)
A man is detained by plain-clothes police officers after he stabbed people during a gay pride parade in Jerusalem (AP)

An anti-gay ultra-Orthodox extremist suspected of stabbing revellers at Jerusalem's Gay Pride Parade is to be kept in custody after appearing in court on Friday.

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The suspected attacker, Yishai Schlissel, was arrested at the pride parade the previous day after he brandished a knife and stabbed six people.

The court extended his arrest by 12 days as the investigation against him continues, police spokeswoman Luba Samri said.

Schlissel was convicted of a similar attack that wounded several people at a gay pride parade in Jerusalem in 2005. He had been released from prison just three weeks ago after serving his sentence.

Israeli hospital officials said that a 16-year-old girl remained in critical condition after the attack, with wounds to her chest and shoulder.

Three others are in hospital but their conditions are not life-threatening while the remaining two have been discharged, hospital officials said.

The gay pride parade was proceeding as planned with party music, Israeli flags and rainbow-clad marchers wending their way through central Jerusalem's barricaded streets, under a heavy police presence, when the attacker entered the throng of people. Within seconds he raised a knife and began stabbing people in the back.

Police pounced on him and arrested him. The crowd's carefree cheers suddenly gave way to screams.

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