Sudanese terrorist in Ashkelon stabbing was devout Muslim influenced by ISIS

A Sudanese infiltrator who stabbed a soldier in Ashkelon earlier this month was a devout Muslim who was influenced by the ideology of ISIS, the Shin Bet Israel Security Agency said in a statement on Thursday.

The Shin Bet said 32-year-old Kamel Hasan was a devout Muslim who carried out the attack on February 7 “after he was influenced by ISIS” and that on his cellphone investigators found “pictures of ISIS members taken in locations around the world”.

The announcement was sent out Thursday after the Shin Bet and the Southern District police finished their investigation into the incident.

The terrorist had previously been arrested in 2009 on suspicion of carrying out a violent crime, the Shin Bet said, adding that he had been living in Ashdod and Ashkelon ever since he fled the “Holot” detention center for illegal infiltrators in the Negev in 2014.

On February 7, a soldier was waiting at a bus stop near the entrance to the Neot Ashkelon neighborhood in the southern city when he was stabbed and lightly wounded by the infiltrator, who then fled the scene on foot. Another soldier grabbed the wounded soldier’s rifle and gave chase, pursuing the terrorist deep into the neighborhood.

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After a few blocks he managed to shoot him twice, and then he and two other civilians held him until police could apprehend him.

The terrorist died later that day in Barzilay hospital in Ashkelon and was not questioned by investigators.

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