A boy terrorist was arrested, charged and convicted of murder after killing an Israeli soldier, who was asleep on a bus, prosecutors in Israel said.
According to the indictment, 16-year-old Hussein Rwadra, murdered Israeli soldier Eden Atias, 19, in the central bus station in Afula. He was charged with six counts of murder in the first degree.
The defendant volunteered to participate in a stabbing terror attack against a soldier working at a security check point.
During a conversation among several Palestinians, the defendant showed a knife to his friend, and said that he planned to use it to carry out a terrorist attack. However, his friend refused to participate. The defendant bought a knife with a 10 centimeter blade in order to kill an Israeli soldier at a checkpoint or inside Israel.
Two weeks before the terrorist attack, the boy infiltrated Israel. While in Israel, he worked in Nazareth and other cities. On the morning of November 13, the defendant boarded Egged bus line 823 towards Afula.
When the bus arrived in Afula, he saw Israeli soldier Eden Atias, and after the bus stopped, he drew his knife, and went over to Atias. He grabbed Atias’ head and slit his throat.
Atias tried to push the boy away, but he was stabbed 17 times until a border police officer intervened. The boy was also accused of throwing rocks at Israeli vehicles.