Two elderly women were stabbed and moderately injured in what police said was a terror attack at the Armon Hanatziv promenade in southern Jerusalem, police said Tuesday morning.
Both women were rushed to a local hospital in moderate condition, the Magen David Adom rescue service said.
An MDA spokesperson said the two were aged 82 and 86, and were fully conscious. Police had earlier listed their ages in the 70s. The two victims were in a group of five elderly Israelis who were on a walk together. One of the two is a Holocaust survivor.
Police said two stabbers, both of whom were masked, fled the scene toward the nearby East Jerusalem neighborhood of Jabel Mukaber.
A spokesperson later said two suspects were caught, terming the incident a “suspected nationalistic attack.” The two were later released, however, and police said they were still hunting the assailants.
The attack occurred in a wooded area known as the Peace Forest below the Armon Hanatziv Tayelet, a southern Jerusalem promenade overlooking the city popular with joggers, walkers and tourists.
The area sits near the seam line between the capital’s eastern and western halves.
The two women were in a group of five walking through the area when they were set upon Tuesday morning, police said.
Magen David Adom medic Shlomi Tedgi said the women were found on a path near the promenade.
“In the field near the promenade we saw two elderly women, about 80, lying in the dirt, conscious, with stab wounds,” Tedgi said.
He said one had stab wounds to her upper body and limbs and another had stab wounds on her upper body.
A spokesperson for Shaarei Tzedek hospital, where the two were taken, said they had both been stabbed in the chest and were in stable condition in the trauma ward.
The incident fit the pattern of a wave of stabbing attacks that have wracked the capital since October.
A wave of Palestinian terrorism and violence since October has left 29 Israelis and four foreigners dead.
Some 200 Palestinians were killed in the same period, most of them as they carried out attacks against Israelis and the remainder in violent protests in the West Bank, according to the IDF.