Attempted Stabbing Attack in Jerusalem's Old City, Police Say

Israeli security forces shoot dead female Palestinian assailant.

The site of an attempted stabbing attack in Jerusalem's Old City on Tuesday, March 8, 2016.
Police Spokesman's Unit

A female Palestinian assailant attempted to stab Border Police officers in the Old City of Jerusalem on Tuesday morning, Israeli police said.

According to police, the assailant approached Border Police officers at Hagai Street in the Old City, drew a knife out of her bag and attempted to stab them. No officers were wounded.

The officers shot the assailant, identified by an identity card found on her as a 51-year-old from the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Umm Tuba. She was proclaimed dead shortly thereafter. 

Hagai Street, in the heart of the Old City, is the site of an October terror attack in which Nehemia Lavi and Aharon Bennett were killed.

In a separate incident at the Qalandiyah checkpoint near Jerusalem on Tuesday morning, a knife was found on a Palestinian who admitted that she intended to use it in an attack, according to the IDF.

The Palestinian roused the suspicions of Military Police officers at the checkpoint, who then found a knife while searching her belongings. In her investigation, she admitted that she arrived at the checkpoint to carry out an attack, the IDF said.