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Palestinian man stabs 11 people in Tel Aviv

A Palestinian man stabbed 11 people on and near a bus in central Tel Aviv yesterday, seriously wounding three of them before he was shot and arrested by Israeli police.

Police described the assault as a "terrorist attack", and the Islamic militant group Hamas praised it.

It appeared to be the latest in a series of "lone-wolf" attacks in which Palestinians have killed and wounded Israelis using knives, acid and vehicles, citing tensions surrounding a disputed Jerusalem holy site.

The man, who was riding the bus with the other passengers, began stabbing people, including the driver, then managed to get out of the bus and run away from the scene, stabbing a woman in the back on his way.

Officers from a prison service, who happened to be nearby, saw the bus swerving out of control and a man running away. They gave chase, shot the man in the leg, wounding him lightly, and arrested him.

"He had murder in his eyes," a bus passenger who gave her name as Orly, told Israel Radio.

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