Soldier, Civilian Wounded in Jerusalem Stabbing Attack; 17-year-old Assailant Shot Dead

Visiting the scene, Public Security Minister Amir Ohana praises officers who shot the attacker, saying they strove to disarm him

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The scene of the stabbing attack in Jerusalem, earlier today
The scene of the stabbing attack in Jerusalem, earlier todayCredit: Emil Salman
Nir Hasson
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A civilian and a soldier, aged 23 and 21, were injured in a stabbing at a light rail train station in Jerusalem; both were moderately injured. 

The assailant, who according to Palestinian reports was a 17-year-old from the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Kafr Aqab, was shot dead at the scene by Israeli security forces.  

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Police commissioner Kobi Shabtai and Public Security Minister Amir Ohana arrived at the scene, along with several police officers.

Ohana, Shabtai and other senior police officials at the sceneCredit: Emil Salman

"They acted quickly and resolutely, while striving to disarm him," Ohana said, referring to the police officer and border police soldier who shot the assailant. A police statement quoted the border police officer as saying: "I identified a terrorist who was stabbing a civilian a number of times in the back. I ran after him, closed the distance [between us] and fired a number of bullets until the terrorist was neutralized."

The two injured were evacuated to Hadassah University Hospital, with the two receiving treatment for stab wounds in their backs, Hadassah said. 

Commander Amir Arzani, the Jerusalem police operations officer, said the assailant committed the stabbing at a light rail station. Asked whether police expect such attacks and attempted attacks to continue, Arzqani said: "I don't know how to assess that with precision, but we are prepared for that."

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