Arab killed after stabbing soldier, trying to grab his gun

Soldier, civilian lightly injured in incident on bus entering Jerusalem; attacker shot after taking cop’s weapon

The scene of an attack on a bus in Jerusalem, Monday, October 12, 2015 (screen capture: Channel 2)
The scene of an attack on a bus in Jerusalem, Monday, October 12, 2015 (screen capture: Channel 2)

A Palestinian man allegedly attempted to snatch an IDF soldier’s gun on a bus entering Jerusalem on Monday night.

The alleged assailant was shot dead after stabbing a soldier and an Israeli civilian.

An Israel Police spokeswoman said that when the attacker failed to grab the gun, he first tried to strangle the soldier, then took out a knife and stabbed him.

The bus stopped when a civilian passenger began struggling with the attacker.

A police officer who was nearby boarded the bus and attempted to tackle the assailant.

During the struggle, police said, the attacker succeeded in grabbing the officer’s gun.

Another officer who boarded the bus saw the attacker with the pistol and shot him, the police said.

One man claimed after the attack to have helped subdue the Palestinian with the use of his nunchucks. Photos of the man with what appeared to be improvised nunchuks circulated on social media after the attack.

Both victims were taken to Hadassah Hospital in Ein Kerem for treatment.

Police closed the entrance to the city briefly following the attack.

The incident was the fourth attack on Israeli civilians and security personnel in Jerusalem on Monday. Earlier in the day two Palestinian teens stabbed two Israelis in the Pisgat Zeev neighborhood. The two Israelis — one a 13-year-old boy — were seriously injured in the attack; one of the Palestinians was shot dead by police and the second seriously injured.

Just an hour before the terrorist attack in Pisgat Zeev, an 18-year-old Arab woman stabbed a Border Police officer outside the national police headquarters adjacent to Ammunition Hill on Road 60. The woman was approached by the officer, who said she acted suspiciously. When he was close, she turned around and stabbed him with a knife. The officer then shot the assailant. She was evacuated to Hadassah Hospital on Mount Scopus with moderate injuries.

On Monday morning, 17-year-old Mustafa Khatieb from the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Jabel Mukaber attempted to stab a police officer near Jerusalem’s Old City. The officer, who was wearing a protective vest, was not injured. Khatieb was shot dead by security forces.

On Monday night, police said that 70 Border Police officers had been wounded since the onset of the latest escalation in violence.

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