Bystander Mistaken for Terrorist Is Shot, Beaten by Israel Mob

An Eritrean man was shot and then beaten by mob that mistook him for an assailant as a terror attack unfolded in southern Israel, officials said Monday, NBC News reported.  

One Israeli soldier was killed and several others were wounded when gunshots broke out late Sunday night in a bus station in the city of Beersheba. Officials initially said there were two gunmen — one had been killed, the other wounded and captured.

Police said Monday that Abtum Zarhum — an Eritrean national in his 20s — was shot by a security guard who mistakenly thought he was a terrorist, then beaten by Israelis in the bus station. Zarhum later succumbed to his wounds, and police said an investigation is underway to bring those who beat him to justice.

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