Palestinian Teen Shot Dead After Trying to Stab Cops in Jerusalem

Police say the 16-year-old Palestinian approached police officers tried to stab them

Israeli border guards secure the scene of a reported stabbing attack carried out by a Palestinian woman at Damascus Gate in Jerusalem's Old City, May 7, 2017.
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A Palestinian teenage girl was shot dead by policemen near Jerusalem's Old City after she tried to attack them with a knife. None of the policemen was hurt.

Fatma Hajaji
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The Palestinian Health Ministry identified the attacker as Fatima Afif Hajiji, 16, of the village of Qarawat Bani Zeid north of Ramallah.

The stabbing attempt occurred at Damascus Gate.

A statement by the police said Hajiji "approached a police and Border Police force stationed at the site, drew a knife and tried to attack them while calling out 'Allah Akhbar.' The force acted determinedly and professionally and neutralized her.”

The police also published a picture of the knife she was holding. She was also carrying a letter, apparently a suicide note. The letter had verses from the Koran and was signed with the word “shahida,” or martyr.

Over the past two years there have been a number of incidents of “suicide by cop,” in which women seeking to end their lives run toward security personnel with a knife. A young Jewish man from Jerusalem’s Pisgat Ze’ev committed suicide in this fashion on Independence Day.

A knife found at the scene of the suspected stabbing attempt, May 7, 2017.
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