03.02.2016 | 21:14
Preliminary investigation: Cohen opened fire before she was shot from behind
A preliminary probe into the attack has revealed that two men raised the suspicion of Border Police officers stationed near the Damascus Gate. When asked to show their IDs, one of the two suspects drew a semi-automatic pistol and opened fire. Meanwhile, a third attacker emerged and stabbed one of the officers.
A Border Police officer who was stationed there with Hadar Cohen, the policewoman who was killed in the attack, said that he approached two men sitting on a bench and asked them for their IDs. "When I told them, 'Hello, show me you IDs,' one of them stood up, opened his coat, took out a Carl Gustav and hit me with it on the head," he said. "I took a few steps back and saw that he was aiming at me and was about to pull the trigger. I pushed away his gun, took two steps back, cocked my gun and shot him."
The officer says that when he turned around, he saw another attacker stabbing a policewoman with a utility knife. "I raised my gun and put a bullet in him," he said.
The officer said he only then saw the third attacker, after he heard shots being fired. He and others started running toward the assailant, when they saw that he was holding an improvised firearm. "I took out my gun as I was getting closer, but he was running and shooting. We came at him from three directions and shot him until he was neutralized."
A video taken from a nearby security camera showed that Cohen managed to open fire at the attackers before being shot by the third assailant from behind.
Israeli security forces and emergency personnel stand next to the body of a Palestinian man following an attack at Damascus Gate, a main entrance to Jerusalem's Old City on February 3, 2016.