Cops nab Palestinian woman on way to carry out Jerusalem stabbing
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Cops nab Palestinian woman on way to carry out Jerusalem stabbing

Border policewomen notice suspect's odd behavior and find screwdriver in her belongings; suspect admits to planning attack

Israeli Border Police check the IDs of Palestinian teenagers on Jaffa Street in Jerusalem, October 23, 2014. (Nati Shohat/Flash90
Israeli Border Police check the IDs of Palestinian teenagers on Jaffa Street in Jerusalem, October 23, 2014. (Nati Shohat/Flash90

Border Police officers on Tuesday arrested a Palestinian woman who said she planned to carry out a stabbing attack in Jerusalem with a screwdriver.

Police said the policewomen were alerted by the woman’s suspicious behavior and stopped her for questioning on Jaffa Street, a main road that runs through the center of the city. They discovered a “large screwdriver” on her person and transferred her to a nearby security facility for further interrogation, police said.

During questioning, the woman admitted she had intended to carry out a stabbing attack, police added.

Palestinians have used screwdrivers in stabbing attacks several times in recent months.

On October 23 police in Tel Aviv arrested a 17-year-old Palestinian teen who was clutching a screwdriver. The teen later told police that he “wanted to die because his uncle had also been killed.”

Earlier in October, five Israelis were wounded in Tel Aviv when a Palestinian man stabbed them with a screwdriver outside the Defense Ministry and IDF headquarters complex in Tel Aviv. The attacker fled but was shot dead by security forces not far from the scene.

A screwdriver that a Palestinian woman said she was carrying to use in a stabbing attack on Israelis in the center of Jerusalem, December 15, 2015. (Israeli police.)
A screwdriver that a Palestinian woman said she was carrying to use in a stabbing attack on Israelis in the center of Jerusalem, December 15, 2015. (Israel Police)

The incident in Jerusalem came a day after a Palestinian man drove a car into a crowd of people waiting at a bus stop in the capital, injuring 14. Three of the victims, including an 18-month-old baby, were left in a moderate or serious condition, with the rest suffering light injuries. The attacker was shot dead as he tried to emerge from the car inside of which police later found an ax that he apparently intended to use to cause more injuries.

Jerusalem has been one of the two focal points of terror attacks since the latest wave of violence began in October, with Hebron being the other. More than 20 Israelis have been killed since the start of the violence, and hundreds more have been wounded.

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