Arab Israeli attempts to stab Policeman in Jerusalem’s Old City, is shot dead

Created on: 18th August 2018

Arab Israeli attempts to stab Policeman in Jerusalem’s Old City, is shot dead

Having just travelled back from Jerusalem last week and spent some time in the old city, I felt safe as a result of the numbers of both Police and the UDF (Israel defence force) who were there in large numbers. 

However, despite this security, an Arab Israeli man armed with a knife attempted to carry out a stabbing attack, against a policeman in Jerusalem’s Old City Friday afternoon, and was shot dead by security forces, police said.

Police said the man, who had come from the direction of the Temple Mount, approached a group of policemen, pulled out a knife and attempted to stab one of them.

The officers scuffled with the assailant and one of them shot him, killing him.

Large police forces arrived at the scene of the attack and scanned the area for accomplices. The Temple Mount compound was shut down temporarily as forces conducted searches.

The attacker was later named by Hebrew media as Ahmed Muhammad Mahameed, a 30-year old resident of the northern Arab town of Umm al-Fahm. Police said Mahameed was carrying an ID at the time of the attack and was identified as an Israeli civilian.

In the wake of the incident Jordan protested the brief closure of the Temple Mount compound.

On Wednesday police said security forces in the Old City last week arrested a Palestinian man planning to carry out a stabbing attack.

The 26-year-old resident of the West Bank city of Hebron was detained by officers on August 8 after they deemed his behavior suspicious. A body search revealed he was holding a knife and a can of tear gas, according to a police statement.

Posted by Tim Pearson

extract from https://www.timesofisrael.com 

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