Police Said Searching for Terrorist in Tel Aviv Region

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An Israel Railways train seen in the northern Hefer Valley. (Moshe Shai/Flash90/FILE)
An Israel Railways train seen in the northern Hefer Valley. (Moshe Shai/Flash90/FILE)

A major manhunt was underway in Tel Aviv Sunday afternoon, as police sought what was described as a “suspicious individual.” Police halted trains between Tel Aviv and Bnei Brak, and later expanded the search to Ramat Gan and Ramat Aviv, in north Tel Aviv. Train service was resumed after about an hour.

No official details were initially released about the incident or the identity of the individual being sought. Several reports, quoted by Channel Ten, said that the individual was Mustafa Salah, an illegal Arab, a 42-year-old resident of Jenin, who was planning to carry out a terror attack in the city, but that was not confirmed by police.

Witnesses said that dozens of police officers were conducting street by street searches in the area of the Bnei Brak train station, and helicopters have been deployed to search for the suspect as well. Police have asked residents to immediately inform them if they see anyone or anything suspicious.