Palestinian kills US tourist in stabbing spree on Tel Aviv boardwalk

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TEL AVIV, March 8 (Reuters) - An American tourist was stabbed to death and at least nine other people were wounded by a Palestinian armed with a knife on a popular boardwalk in Tel Aviv on Tuesday, authorities said, while U.S. Vice President Joe Biden was in a meeting a few kilometers away.

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The attack took place in the popular Jaffa port area, which is a favorite spot among tourists. The Magen David Adom ambulance service said four of the wounded had severe injuries.

"A terrorist, an illegal resident who came from somewhere in the Palestinian territories, came here to Jaffa and embarked on a run ... along the boardwalk. On his way he indiscriminately stabbed people," Tel Aviv mayor Ron Huldai told Army Radio.

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Israeli police officers look for evidences near the scene of a stabbing attack on March 8, 2016 in the neighbourhood of Jaffa in the Israeli city of Tel Aviv as US vice president arrived in the city for a visit. / AFP / THOMAS COEX (Photo credit should read THOMAS COEX/AFP/Getty Images)
Israeli police officers look for evidences near the scene of a stabbing attack on March 8, 2016 in the neighbourhood of Jaffa in the Israeli city of Tel Aviv as US vice president arrived in the city for a visit. / AFP / THOMAS COEX (Photo credit should read THOMAS COEX/AFP/Getty Images)
Israeli security forces stand at the scene of a stabbing attack on March 8, 2016 in the neighbourhood of Jaffa in the Israeli city of Tel Aviv as US vice president arrived in the city for a visit. / AFP / THOMAS COEX (Photo credit should read THOMAS COEX/AFP/Getty Images)
Israeli police and journalists gather at the scene of a stabbing attack on March 8, 2016 in the neighbourhood of Jaffa in the Israeli city of Tel Aviv as US vice president arrived in the city for a visit. / AFP / THOMAS COEX (Photo credit should read THOMAS COEX/AFP/Getty Images)
A wounded man is evacuated from the scene of a stabbing attack in Jaffa, a mixed Jewish-Arab part of Tel Aviv, Israel, Tuesday, March 8, 2016. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)
The body of a Palestinian attacker is illuminated in Tel Aviv Tuesday March 8, 2016. The man have stabbed a number of civilians in Jaffa before he was shot and killed by the police. (AP Photo/David Bachar) ****ISRAEL OUT***
People walk by blood stains at the scene of a stabbing attack in Jaffa, a mixed Jewish-Arab part of Tel Aviv, Israel, Tuesday, March 8, 2016. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)
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He said a police officer had eventually caught up with the attacker and shot him dead.

Biden arrived in Israel late on Tuesday for a two-day visit, and was meeting former Israeli president Shimon Peres in Jaffa around the time of the stabbings.

Tuesday also saw three other attacks by Palestinians.

In Jerusalem, a Palestinian opened fire at Israeli police on a crowded street, seriously wounding two officers, before being shot dead, and a 50-year-old Palestinian woman who tried to stab Israeli police officers was also shot and killed.

In the Tel Aviv suburb of Petah Tikva, a Palestinian entered a store and stabbed an Israeli. The injured man and the store owner together overpowered the attacker and fought him off using the same knife. The attacker died of his wounds, a police spokesman said.

Since October, Palestinian stabbings, shootings and car rammings have killed 28 Israelis and two Americans. Israeli forces have killed at least 177 Palestinians, 119 of whom Israel says were assailants. Most others were shot dead during violent protests.

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