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Israel: Four killed in shopping centre attack

Four Israelis have been killed and several others wounded in an attack in the south of the country, police say.

Three were stabbed to death outside the BIG shopping centre in Beersheba, while a fourth was rammed by a vehicle driven by the assailant, they say.

The attacker was shot dead by a bus driver.

Israel's internal security agency said the assailant was an Israeli Arab who had once been jailed for supporting the Islamic State (IS) group.

The Shin Bet named him as Muhammad Galeb Ahmad Abu Alqian, a high school teacher from the Bedouin town of Hura about 12 miles (19km) east of Beersheba.

Alqian had been arrested in 2015 when he planned to leave for Syria to join IS. He was convicted and served time in prison before being released in 2019.


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