12-year-old indicted for Jerusalem attack in which officer was lightly injured
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12-year-old indicted for Jerusalem attack in which officer was lightly injured

Boy charged with terror offenses for attempting to stab police officers in Old City last month; female officer was lightly hurt when barrier fell on her hand during scuffle

Israeli security forces guard the scene of a stabbing attack at Chain Gate on the Temple Mount, in Jerusalem's Old City on September 26, 2019. (Noam Revkin Fenton/Flash90)
Israeli security forces guard the scene of a stabbing attack at Chain Gate on the Temple Mount, in Jerusalem's Old City on September 26, 2019. (Noam Revkin Fenton/Flash90)

The Jerusalem district attorney on Sunday indicted a 12-year-old boy under terror laws for the attempted stabbing of a policewoman in Jerusalem’s Old City last month.

According to the indictment, on September 26, the day of the attack, the minor attended prayers at the Al-Aqsa Mosque on the Temple Mount.

At the conclusion of prayers, he allegedly walked up to a group of female officers at the Temple Mount’s Chain Gate, above the Western Wall area, pulled out a knife and attempted to stab the officers.

During the ensuing scuffle, a female officer, age 34, was lightly injured when a security barrier fell on her hand.

A police officer slightly wounded in a stabbing attack receives treatment at the Western Wall in Jerusalem’s Old City on September 26, 2019. (Noam Revkin Fenton/Flash90)

According to the indictment, a staff member of the Waqf, the Muslim trust that oversees the site, tried to catch the boy and keep the police from him.

The boy was overpowered at the scene and arrested.

The boy is accused of committing an act of terror in which he unlawfully attempted to injure a person with a knife for religious and national motive.

Prosecutors asked that the boy remain detained until the end of legal proceedings.

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