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Eritrean man mistaken for terror accomplice dies after being shot, attacked by mob

Date: 19.10.15 Source: The Jerusalem Post

An Eritrean refugee who was shot by a security guard, then beaten by an angry mob who mistook him to be an accomplice in a  gruesome terror attack Sunday, died of his wounds Monday morning, according to Soroka University Medical Center.

Habtom Zerhom, 26, succumbed to his wounds after a terrorist armed with a pistol and a knife stormed the Beersheba central bus station on Sunday night, killing IDF soldier Sergeant Omri Levy, then snatching his rifle and shooting and wounding at least 10 Israelis before being shot dead by police.

During the attack, armed security personnel mistook  Zerhom for a second terrorist and opened fire, wounding him in the lower body. The man was then set upon by a mob that mistook him for a terrorist, beating him severely and leaving him in serious condition.

Negev police said officers who arrived at the scene shortly after 7:30 p.m. shot one terrorist dead and then began sealing off the area and searching for other possible assailants.

A video shot by a bystander afterwards shows an angry mob surrounding the Eritrean man, with one kicking him with great force in the head, while others curse him and another kicks him in the head.