Palestinian Stabs Woman in Jerusalem Central Bus Station

After stabbing woman, assailant tried to board a bus but was shot dead; earlier, a knife-wielding assailant was shot down outside Damascus Gate by Israel Police officers.

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Israeli policemen shine a light on the body of an attacker in Jerusalem, Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2015.
Israeli policemen shine a light on the body of an attacker in Jerusalem, Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2015.Credit: AP

A terrorist stabbed a 50-year-old woman near the Central Bus Station in Jerusalem on Wednesday evening. He then tried to board a nearby bus but was shot down by a police officer.

The woman, who sustained moderate to serious wounds, managed to step into the bus before the driver shut the door. She was later rushed to Shaare Zedek Medical Center, Jerusalem.

The attacker has been identified as Ahmed Shaaban, 23, a resident of the Ras Al-Amud neighborhood in East Jerusalem. According to the Shin Bet, he was jailed in Israel 2012 to 2015 for popular terrorist acts.

Scene of the attempted attack outside Damascus Gate, Jerusalem, October 14, 2015.Credit: Tomer Appelbaum

Earlier, an attempted stabbing attack was thwarted near Damascus Gate in East Jerusalem. The suspected assailant was shot dead, wounding no one.

Two bystanders were wounded by the gunfire. A local man suffered a gunshot wound to the foot and taken to a hospital, and a tourist was lightly wounded and treated on site.

According to preliminary reports, a Border Police unit noticed a suspicious-looking youth sitting near the Old City's Damascus Gate. When they drew near, the youth drew a knife and attempted to stab them. The officers fired shots at the youth, but he ran toward several police officers nearby, with the knife still in his hand. The Border Police officers shouted to warn them, and they then shot the assailant down.

The suspected assailant was later idenfied as Bassel Sader, 19, a resident of Hebron in the West Bank.

Meanwhile, Jerusalem Police reported that Border Police officers detained a 24-year-old Palestinian man after finding a knife under his seat during a security check of a minibus driving from the Shoafat neighborhood to central Jerusalem.

According to the police, the suspected passenger, a 24-year-old man from Shoafat, who was carrying a baby, was detected during a quick interrogation of the passengers. The man was taken for questioning, and the baby was delivered to his family.

Wednesday's incident was the third attack in Damascus Gate since the ongoing escalation began. Four days ago two men in their 60s were stabbed near the site, and the assailant was shot dead. The two sustained moderate and light wounds. A few hours later another assailant stabbed two police officers outside the gate, and another officer was seriously wounded by friendly fire during the attempt to overpower the assailant. The two officers stabbed were moderately and lightly wounded, and the assailant, apparently a resident of Kafr Aqab in East Jerusalem, was shot and killed.

The Israel Defense Forces on Wednesday began the deployment of six companies in major cities, in order to assist the police in contending with the wave of terror attacks. The police are also setting up checkpoints at exits from Arab neighborhoods in East Jerusalem.

On Wednesday, Police released a video showing Monday's attacks in Pisgat Ze'ev, perpetrated by two assailants, aged 13 and 17. The video shows the two chasing a person who escaped after they stabbed him, seriously wounding him. At the end of the chase the two continue with knives drawn to a candy store, where they attacked a 13-year-old Jewish boy going by on his bike. They stabbed him in the neck, critically wounding him. One of the attackers is then seen facing Border Police officers, running at them with a knife in his hand. Officers then shoot him down.

Palestinians said in recent days that the 13-year-old attacker was innocent and accused police of shooting at him for no reason. The boy was seriously wounded. Nabil Abu Rudeina, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas's spokesman, said the incident was an attempted murder.

On Tuesday, four terrorist attacks in Jerusalem and Ra'anana killed three people and wounded seven, in the bloodiest morning since the escalation began.

The most serious attack on Tuesday occurred in Armon Hanatziv neighborhood in Jerusalem, where two assailants stormed a bus with a gun and a knife. The two killed two passengers and wounded ten others, including two women who were seriously wounded, before they were apprehended by police. One assailant was shot dead, and the other was seriously wounded.

Read the latest analyses and opinions on the escalating violence throughout Israel and the West Bank: After years of calm, fear is dividing Jerusalem (Nir Hasson) | Israel's 'Mr. Security' tells nation 'it could be worse’ as terror attacks multiply (Yossi Verter) | War-weathered Israelis feeling helpless in wake of 'unpredictable' attacks (Judy Maltz)

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