Man who stabbed his wife to death in an apartment near Jerusalem’s Old City said ‘he wanted to live as a wild animal’
A man who stabbed a woman to death with a knife and fled the scene in an SUV on Sunday morning was mentally ill, police said.
The attacker entered the apartment complex in the Old City’s Old Town, stabbed his dead wife to her death and fled in the SUV, police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said.
Rosenfeld did not identify the attacker.
Police had previously identified the suspect as a 25-year-old Palestinian man who had entered Israel on a tourist visa.
Police were still searching for the attacker’s accomplice.
The woman, whose identity was not immediately released, was pronounced dead at the scene.
Police also said the attacker was known to them and was on their radar.
The motive behind the attack remained unclear, but police said the attack could be racially motivated.
Rosenstein added that the attacker entered Israel illegally and had been granted temporary residency status, a status that allows him to live in the country without a permit.
“There is a possibility he was motivated by racism,” Rosenfeld told AFP.
He also said there was a chance the assailant was a member of the radical Islamist group Hamas.
“It’s unclear what the motive was, but it could be racial,” he said.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has condemned the attack, saying it was “cowardly” and “despicable” and that it was a “terrorist attack.”
A statement released by the Israeli government said the assailant, who entered Israel without a visa, was a refugee who had been issued a temporary residency permit after entering the country.
“The prime minister condemns the cowardly and cowardly attack that took place in the heart of the capital, Jerusalem, on Sunday night,” the statement said.
We stand with our friends and allies in the United States and across the globe who stand with Israel in this moment of terror.” “
Israel has the right to defend itself and the citizens of the State of Israel.
We stand with our friends and allies in the United States and across the globe who stand with Israel in this moment of terror.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.