TEL AVIV, Israel, Aug. 29 (UPI) — A knife-wielding attacker rammed a car into a roadblock near a Tel Aviv, Israel, nightclub before dawn Monday, injuring at least eight Israelis, police said.
Some of the victims were stabbed, others hit by the car, investigators said. Two people were reported in serious condition.
Hundreds of teenagers had been attending an end-of-summer party at the club near the roadblock.
Police identified the attacker as a 20-year-old man from the West Bank town of Nablus who told them he planned to attack people in the club but was thwarted by the roadblock, Israel Radio said.
The man had flagged down a taxi near Jaffa and attacked the driver, stabbing him in the hand before forcing him out of the vehicle, the radio report said.
He then drove the taxi toward the nightclub and rammed the car into the roadblock, running over and injuring a border policeman and some civilians. Police said he then got out of the car screaming Allah akbar (God is Great) and attacked police officers and a security guard with a knife before he was overpowered and arrested, the report said.
Israel Police Chief Yohanan Danino praised the police officers at the scene. He said their presence prevented a graver outcome.
Danino said police were on alert and had set up a number of roadblocks in the area to coincide with the end of the Muslim month of Ramadan, the radio said.