Ethiopian authorities have arrested a Sudanese man who tried to murder an Israeli passenger while on board a flight to Addis Ababa.
He was restrained by cabin staff with the help of a Lebanese passenger.
“He came up behind my seat and started to choke me with a lot of force," the Israeli passenger Arik, 54, told the Israeli news outlet Ynet, "and at first I couldn't get my voice out and call for help.”
"He hit me over the head with a metal tray and shouted 'Allah akbar' and 'I will slaughter the Jew.' Only after a few seconds, just before I was about to lose consciousness, did I manage to call out and a flight attendant who saw what was happening summoned her colleagues”
A statement from Ethiopian Airlines said “The attacker, who has been identified as Ahmed Mohamed, showed no signs of violence as he was boarding the flight. He attacked not only the Israeli but also other passengers and members of the flight crew. He is still in detention and is due to appear in court on Wednesday.”
Arik was treated in the airport and was able to continue his flight to Tel Aviv.
Jews are frequently targeted by Islamist extremists worldwide and all the more so since the recent flare-up in violence in Israel, where Palestinian terrorists have been attacking Israelis with knives.