Terrorist attack in Tel Aviv: Olympic athlete (35) succumbs to his injuries


Of the Tel Aviv terrorist took another life: On Friday, a local hospital said a father of three had died from his injuries.

He is the third casualty of the fanatical blood act!

According to consistent media reports, it is the Israeli national kayak coach Barak Lufan (35). Accordingly, he competed as an athlete at the Olympic Games in Beijing in 2008 and in London in 2012.

︎ His family made their grief public in a statement: “Our beloved Barak, the grandson of the founders of Kibbutz Ginosar, an exemplary husband and father, an athlete in every fiber of his being, a member of the Olympic kayak team and a coach of the future generation in this area, left us too soon.”

The other two dead are two young men who are said to have been friends since childhood: Tomer Morad (28) and Eytam Magini (27). Eytam got engaged to his girlfriend just a month ago.



Eytam Magini (27, left) and Tomer Morad (28)Photo: Private

The three men died because the terrorist hates Jews and their state of Israel. They sat in the “Ilka” bar on Tel Aviv’s busy Dizengoff Street – and paid for it with their lives. The Palestinian perpetrator (28) opened fire indiscriminately.

Five other people suffered serious or moderate gunshot wounds, police said.


The terrorist opened fire on people in this bar

The terrorist opened fire on people in this barPhoto: Ilia Yefimovich/dpa

After the attack on Thursday evening, hundreds of security forces went in search of the perpetrator – with success! He was finally apprehended after around nine hours on Friday morning and shot dead in a firefight.

No affiliation with organized terror group

According to the Israeli domestic intelligence service, the Shin Bet, the terrorist had no clear ties to organizations. Nor had he been arrested in the past. The man was in Israel without a permit.


Friday in Tel Aviv: Mourners commemorate the terror victims at the scene of an attack in the city center

Friday in Tel Aviv: Mourners commemorate the terror victims at the scene of an attack in the city centerPhoto: Ilia Yefimovich/dpa

Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett (50) warned on Friday of further attacks by copycats. After the crime, he met with high-ranking security officials.

The PM then announced that a key border crossing in the northern West Bank near the terrorist’s hometown would be closed indefinitely. However, women, children and older men should be allowed entry to pray there.


Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett (50)

Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett (50) Photo: RONEN ZVULUN/REUTERS

Addressing potential terrorists, Bennett said, “Every killer should know we’re going to get them. And anyone who helps terrorists should know that the price they will pay will be immeasurable.”

Palestinians celebrate the act of terror

The Tel Aviv attack was celebrated in many Palestinian cities. In Yabad in the West Bank, men distributed sweets in the evening, in other areas motorcades honked their horns through the streets.

In Khan Yunes in the Gaza Strip, armed members of the Al-Quds Brigades took to the streets – and celebrated the deed with waving flags.


Masked members of the Al-Quds Brigades, the military wing of the Islamic Jihad group, stand in a line with weapons and flags

Masked members of the Al-Quds Brigades, the military wing of the Islamic Jihad group, stand in a line with weapons and flagsPhoto: Adel Hana/dpa

Israel has been hit by a new wave of terror for several weeks. A total of 14 people have been killed in four attacks in three weeks. In two of the terrorist attacks, the attackers had ties to the Islamic State (ISIS) terrorist militia.

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