Sudanese stabber of Israeli soldier was influenced by Islamic State

Marcy Oster

JERUSALEM (JTA) — A Sudanese national who stabbed an Israeli soldier in the southern Israeli city of Ashkelon carried out the attack due to the influence of the Islamic State, the Shin Bet security service said.

The Israeli soldier was slightly wounded in the Feb. 7 attack, the first carried out in Israel by citizen of Sudan. The attacker was shot at the scene and died later of his wounds.

A joint investigation by the Shin Bet and the police, whose results were released on Thursday, determined that the assailant, Kamel Hassan, 32, was a devout Muslim and adherent of the Islamic State.  Photos of Islamic State members and leaders from around the world were found on his cell phone.

Hassan illegally infiltrated into Israel from Egypt, and was arrested in Israel for a violence-related offense in 2009. He spent a month at the Holot detention facility and had been living in Ashkelon and Ashdod since.

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