Jerusalem: A Palestinian attacker wounded five Israeli policemen and civilians near a Tel Aviv nightclub early on Monday, hitting several people with his car and then stabbing others, police said.
     
The attacker was a 19-year-old from the Palestinian city of Nablus, according to Israeli police spokeswoman Luba Samri.

Just before 2 am, the attacker hit two people with a car that was apparently stolen, she said.
     
He then got out of the car and stabbed three others. Samri said he was shouting "Allahu akbar",” Arabic for "God is great," a phrase often used as a battle-cry by Islamic militants.
     
The attacker was arrested. He was injured and was taken to a hospital.
     
Samri said the wounded include several policemen who were manning a police checkpoint near the Oman 17 nightclub in South Tel Aviv, Israel's metropolitan centre.
     
No further details were immediately available.
     
Such attacks inside Israel, once common, have fallen off in recent years as Israeli and Palestinian forces have restored security in the adjacent Palestinian territory of the West Bank. But some violence has continued. One Israeli was killed in a similar attack with a vehicle in Tel Aviv in May.

(Agencies)