Israeli man 'pulled knife out' of his own body and used it to kill attacker amidst spate of Palestinian attacks
Published 09/03/2016 | 14:40
An American tourist was stabbed to death in one of three separate Palestinian attacks against Israelis as US vice president Joe Biden arrived in Israel to promise "total, unvarnished commitment" to the country's security.
Taylor Force (29), an US Army veteran, was killed and his wife injured during a stabbing spree in the port city of Jaffa, where Arabs and Jews usually live side by side in relative peace.
The attacker stabbed 9 other people in different locations before being shot dead by police.
The wounded reportedly include an Arab man and a pregnant woman.
Minutes earlier, a young Palestinian man wounded two Israeli police officers as he opened fire from a motorcycle in a drive-by shooting in East Jerusalem.
He was killed in an exchange of gunfire.
A Palestinian man also stabbed an Israeli in an off-license in the city of Petah Tikva.
The victim pulled the knife out and stabbed the attacker to death with it, according to Israel's Channel 10.
Earlier in the day a 51-year-old Palestinian woman was shot dead after allegedly trying to stab an Israeli police officer in Jerusalem.
The violence made for a bloody start to Mr Biden's two-day visit.
Speaking just a few minutes from the scene of the Jaffa attack, the US Vice President said: "We have absolutely, total unvarnished commitment to the security of Israel.”
There is no evidence that the attacks were coordinated, however police said it was possible that Mr Biden's visit was a "general trigger" for the violence.