Taylor Force (pictured), a student at Vanderbilt University's Owen Graduate School of Management, was stabbed to death by a Palestinian terrorist on a knife rampage in Tel Aviv before he was shot dead by police.
The American student who was stabbed to death by a Palestinian terrorist on a knife rampage in Israel was a veteran who served in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Taylor Allen Force, 28, of Lubbock, Texas, was attacked along a boardwalk near a beach in the Jaffa area of Tel Aviv that is popular with tourists.
Force, an MBA student at Vanderbilt University's Owen Graduate School of Management, died during a school-sponsored trip to learn about startup companies overseas.
Force graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and served in the Army from 2009 to 2014, according to his LinkedIn page.
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He had been based at Fort Hood, Texas, as a platoon leader and fire support officer, among other duties.
At West Point, Force was a member of the ski team and received a bachelor's degree in engineering and industrial management.
Force went to high school at New Mexico Military Institute and was an Eagle Scout, according to the LinkedIn page.
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The attacker, identified as Bashar Masalha, 22, from the West Bank settlement of Qalqilyah, was shot dead by police.
A dozen Isrealis, civilians and police officers were wounded in a series of knife and gun attacks that authorities in Tel Aviv said were carried out by Palestinians.
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Along with Masalha, three other Palestinian assailants were shot and killed in the day's rash of violence - the latest in a wave of near-daily Palestinian assaults on Israeli civilians and security forces that erupted in September last year.
Police say Masalha stabbed several people close to the marina in Jaffa, Tel Aviv, before running towards the Manta Ray restaurant on the seaside promenade, stabbing more victims.
Masalha then fled towards the center of Tel Aviv, stabbing motorists as he ran, police said.
'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.
One of the people who was seriously injured during the attacks is a pregnant woman while another is a Russian tourist, the Jerusalem Post, citing Israel's Channel 2.
Shocking video of part of the attack, uploaded to YouTube, shows a man believed to be Masalha running along a darkened street into oncoming traffic.
As cars slow down, he can be seen running up to several of the vehicles and apparently stabbing the occupants before carrying on up the road.
Yosef, a witness who spoke to Ynet, said: 'The terrorist, young with a sweatshirt, came from the direction of the Jaffa port.
'At the promenade's plaza he jumped on a couple of tourists. A woman was stabbed several times, tried to get away and collapsed. He continued stabbing a man and another younger guy in the leg.
'I was in my car. I ran out, grabbed a metal bar and hit him on the back. He tried to stab me and then fled.'
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According to social media, Masalha is a graduate from Damascus University in Syria who is in a relationship with an unknown partner.
Posts on his Facebook page reveal that he has recently returned from the pilgrimage to Mecca.
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Police Commissioner Roni Alsheikh told Ynet: 'There was a wave of three attacks [in Jaffa, Petah Tikva and Jerusalem on Tuesday] that had no connection between them. All the incidents are over.
'Our goal is to return the situation to routine as quickly as possible. We will seek to understand if there is anything new we need to take into account... and we will update the public.'
According to the Israeli National News, the attacker came from the city of Qalqilya in the West Bank, but did not give a source for this information.
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Meanwhile in Jerusalem two Israeli police officers and a civilian were injured when gunmen opened fire.
They were the latest acts of bloodshed in more than five months of near-daily Palestinian violence that shows no sign of abating.
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A short while before that, a Palestinian stabbed an Israeli in the neck at a store in the central city of Petah Tikvah.
The Times of Israel reports that a 35-year-old man was attacked inside a wine shop and was stabbed several times in the upper body.
At one point, he is said to have pulled the attacker's knife out of his own neck before turning it on the man, killing him.
Images from the scene show a blood-covered knife about four to six inches in length. Miraculously the victim was only moderately wounded.
Earlier in the day, a Palestinian woman who tried to stab Israeli security forces was shot and killed by officers, also in Jerusalem's Old City, Israeli police said.
It was the latest in a wave of Palestinian attacks that have killed 28 Israelis, mostly in shootings, stabbings and assaults with cars. At least 174 Palestinians were killed by Israeli fire during that time. Most of them were attackers and the rest were killed in clashes, Israel says.
Pictured: The Afghanistan and Iraq war vet, 28, from Texas, who was stabbed to death by crazed Palestinian terrorist on a bloody rampage at a popular Israeli beach resort
Taylor Force, 29, was stabbed to death in Tel Aviv, Israel, on Tuesday along a boardwalk near a beach in the Jaffa area
Force, a student at Vanderbilt's Owen Graduate School of Management, was on a school trip to Israel
Attacker has been identified as Bashar Masalha, 22, from the West Bank
Masalha randomly stabbed people on the street and inside their cars
He was shot dead by Israeli police after he failed to stop when ordered to
U.S. Vice President Joe Biden was in a meeting just a mile away at the time
Tuesday also saw three other attacks by Palestinians
During one attack the victim is said to have pulled a knife out of his own neck before turning it on his attacker
By CHRIS PLEASANCE and KHALEDA RAHMAN and JESSICA CHIA FOR DAILYMAIL.COM
PUBLISHED: 14:10 EST, 8 March 2016 | UPDATED: 18:20 EST, 9 March 2016
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