Israeli border police officers and rescue forces carry a wounded Israeli border police officer at the site of where a Palestinian man stabbed an Israeli border police near Damascus Gate, Jerusalem Old City, August 26, 2015. The injured border police is in a light condition. Photo by Yonatan Sindel/Flash90

Palestinian assailant stabs two Israeli Border Policemen

A Palestinian man, armed with a knife, stabbed and wounded early this morning two Israeli border policemen, in Jerusalem’s old city. The attacker, a resident of the east Jerusalem neighborhood of Jabel Muqaber, reportedly entered a police post in the ancient city’s Lions’ Gate, when he drew a knife and stabbed the two Israeli officers. One of the border policemen managed to get out of the post, aim his gun and shoot the assailant, who was immediately killed.

“Close to 4am, the terrorist arrived at the Lions’ Gate, at some point he entered running a police post at the site, a struggle with the policemen erupted, which ended when they (officers) neutralized him (assailant). It was a quick and decisive response that neutralized the suspect, and thwarted him from harming others. We are talking about early hours of the day, before the (Muslim) prayer hours, nevertheless, the alertness and quick response by the policemen neutralized the terrorist,” said Col. Doron Turgeman, Jerusalem’s Old City District Police Chief.

The Israeli border policemen were reportedly in light to moderate condition, and were taken to Jerusalem’s Hadassah medical center for treatment. Police spokesman Mickey Rosenfeld told TV7 that police have launched an investigation into the incident, and have detained four suspects, from the terrorist’s neighborhood, as a result.