Police arrest knife-wielding 14-year-old girl in West Bank

Officials say teen intended to carry out stabbing at Qalandiya checkpoint; 30-year-old stabbed in criminal incident in Jerusalem’s Old City

Israeli security forces at the Qalandiya checkpoint near Ramallah, on November 22, 2016 (Flash90)
Israeli security forces at the Qalandiya checkpoint near Ramallah, on November 22, 2016 (Flash90)

Border Police officers on Saturday thwarted an attempted stabbing attack at the Qalandiya checkpoint in the West Bank, south of Ramallah, police said.

The suspect — a 14-year-old Palestinian girl — was arrested by officers while carrying a knife in her hand after failing to obey their calls to halt, according to police. According to Hebrew media reports, officers used pepper spray in order to stop the girl.

Officials added that the suspect was taken in for questioning after her arrest.

No shots were reported fired in the incident.

Also on Saturday, police said that a man was lightly injured in a stabbing in Jerusalem’s Old City.

Although police initially suspected that the incident was a terror attack, the stabbing was later confirmed to be of a criminal nature, police said.

Channel 10 reported that the stabbing occurred following an argument between the 30-year-old victim and another man.

Police later arrested the man believed to be behind the stabbing near the Lions’ Gate in the Old City, near the scene of the incident, according to the Ynet news site.

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