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Israeli Police Say Palestinian Stabs 11 on Tel Aviv Bus

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Israeli police say a Palestinian man has stabbed at least 11 people on and near a bus in Tel Aviv, leaving several critically wounded.

Authorities said the attack Wednesday began with the man stabbing the bus driver and several passengers. They said he stabbed another person on the street as he attempted to flee.

Officials say the 23-year-old suspect was shot in the leg then captured by prison officers nearby.

Police spokesmen identified the man as Hamza Mohammed Matroukh, a resident of the Israeli-occupied West Bank who entered Israel illegally.

Israeli leaders called him a "terrorist." Islamist leaders in the Palestinian Gaza Strip called the act "heroic," but did not claim responsibility.

Some material for this report came from AP, AFP and Reuters.

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