The Shin Bet revealed that last week’s stabbing incident in Lod was not criminally motivated as they initially thought, but was rather a terror attack. The terrorist, who was captured the day after stabbing a school principal in front of her home, admitted during the interrogation that he stole a knife from the bakery he works at and went on a search for Jews to stab.

The scene of the terror attack in Lod

The scene of the terror attack in Lod Photo Credit: Channel 2 News

Last week, a 44-year-old school principal was stabbed outside of her home in front of her daughter’s eyes. Israeli security forces initially believed that a burglar stabbed the woman after she had noticed what he had done. However today (Monday), the Shin Bet revealed that the assailant admitted during the interrogation that he intended on carrying out a terror attack.

The terrorist, 19-year-old Halhul resident Malek Bassem Ishmael Sa’adeh, was arrested by the Shin Bet and the Israel Police the day after he carried out the terror attack. During his interrogation, Sa’adeh said that he decided to execute the terror attack because he was sick of his life. Prior to the terror attack, he took a knife from the bakery that he works at without a legal residency permit, went to a local mosque and began searching for a Jewish woman as his terror victim.

The investigation also discovered that Sa’adeh went into a parking garage in Lod and noticed a woman who was rushing into the building, therefore, he could not reach her in time to execute his plan. Later on, he noticed another woman wearing a head covering near her car. He then understood that she was Jewish and decided to attack her.

Sa’adeh closed in on the woman and when she asked what he was doing, he took out the knife. He then began chasing her and once he caught her, he stabbed her while shouting in Arabic.