Security guard critically hurt in terror attack in Ma’ale Adumim

Guard attacked with hatchet inside mall; police close off West Bank town, launch manhunt for attacker

View of the Israeli settlement of Ma'ale Adumim, in the West Bank, February 25, 2016 (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)
View of the Israeli settlement of Ma'ale Adumim, in the West Bank, February 25, 2016 (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

Police said Friday morning that a brutal hatchet attack on an Israeli security guard in the West Bank settlement of Ma’ale Adumim overnight was a terror attack, as doctors fought for the victim’s life at a Jerusalem hospital.

The 48-year-old security guard, who was unarmed, was attacked inside the town’s mall. He was struck multiple times in the head and upper body with an ax. The attacker fled the scene.

A manhunt was launched to find the assailant.

The victim arrived at Hadassah Hospital Ein Kerem in Jerusalem unconscious and in critical condition, and was attached to artificial respiration.

Walla news reported that the attack occurred inside the mall’s offices, and police were investigating how the armed assailant had managed to reach them unimpeded.

[mappress mapid=”5586″]

“He underwent surgery and his condition is very severe,” hospital officials said. “His life in in danger.”

Police closed off the town following the attack, and said Palestinian laborers would not be allowed to enter until Sunday.

“This is a grave incident,” said Judea and Samaria District police chief Shlomi Michael. “We will do everything to get our hands on the perpetrator.”


read more:
Never miss breaking news on Israel
Get notifications to stay updated
You're subscribed
Register for free
and continue reading
Registering also lets you comment on articles and helps us improve your experience. It takes just a few seconds.
Already registered? Enter your email to sign in.
Please use the following structure:
Or Continue with
By registering you agree to the terms and conditions. Once registered, you’ll receive our Daily Edition email for free.
Register to continue
Or Continue with
Log in to continue
Sign in or Register
Or Continue with
check your email
Check your email
We sent an email to you at .
It has a link that will sign you in.