A Palestinian Arab man carjacked a taxi in Tel Aviv late Sunday night and rammed it into a police roadblock protecting an "end of summer" party before going on a stabbing rampage.
The terrorist first stabbed a local taxi driver in the hand while demanding that he get out of the vehicle. He then drove a mile or so before encountering a makeshift police roadblock protecting his real target: a popular Tel Aviv nightclub where some 1,000 high school students were having a party marking the end of their summer vacation.
The knife-wielding assailant proceeded to ram the roadblock before jumping out and stabbing anyone within reach, all while screaming "Allah Akbar" - "Allah is Great."
Eight people were wounded, all of them police officers and security guards, before one officer managed to tackle and subdue the terrorist.
Police officials said that had the roadblock not been in place and had the terrorist managed to enter the nightclub, Israel would be dealing with a tremendous national tragedy.
"I have no doubt that he was trying to get to the kids," security guard Aviv Krief told Israel's Ynet news portal from his hospital bed. "I'm afraid to think what would have happened if he succeeded."
Another injured security guard added that the terrorist "had murder in his eyes. ...The club was full of kids. If he would have reached them, it could have ended in a bloodbath."