Stabbing Attack Thwarted in Jerusalem - Arab terrorist shot while trying to stab Jews at light rail station in north-eastern Jerusalem - 4 May 2015
A Palestinian Arab terrorist was apprehended as he attempted to stab Jews at the Givat Hamivtar light rail station in north-eastern Jerusalem on Monday, near the French Hill neighborhood.
Light rail security personnel were on scene and spotted the terrorist as he attempted to attack, at which point they opened fire and captured him, according to a police statement.
The terrorist was subdued before he was able to wound anyone.
A security guard told police the terrorist had “attacked him from behind” before running towards people waiting at the station, police spokeswoman Samri said. Several other security guards then opened fire at his legs before overpowering him, before transferring him for treatment.
The attacker has been identified as a 35-year-old resident of the Arab neighborhood of Shuafat.
The attempted attack at Givat Hamivtar is a distance of just a few minutes by foot to the bus stop in the French Hill neighborhood where Shalom Yochai Sherki was murdered by an Arab terrorist last month.
The terrorist rammed his car into the stop on the eve of Holocaust Remembrance Day in Israel, inflicting lethal wounds on Sherki and seriously injuring his date, Shira Klein.
Klein’s condition has since improved rapidly, and she has been transferred for rehabilitative treatment.
In response to the attack and several stabbing attacks, Internal Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovich (Yisrael Beytenu) warned of the possibility of further “lone wolf” attacks.
“You cannot stop the lone terrorist who decides to carry out such attacks,” the minister said, drawing criticism from the victim’s family.