Palestinian stabs Israeli officer, shot dead: Police
A Palestinian stabbed an Israeli policeman with a screwdriver in annexed east Jerusalem’s Old City before being shot dead on Wednesday, police said.world Updated: Dec 14, 2016 20:34 IST
A Palestinian stabbed an Israeli policeman with a screwdriver in annexed east Jerusalem’s Old City before being shot dead on Wednesday, police said.
The attacker “produced a screwdriver and stabbed a policeman in the head, lightly injuring him”, police spokeswoman Luba Samri said in a statement.
“Security forces neutralised the terrorist.”
She later confirmed he had died of his injuries after being taken to a local hospital.
The assailant struck in the heart of the Old City, a major draw for foreign tourists and pilgrims but the site of several attacks over the past year.
Samri said in a later statement the Palestinian was a 21-year-old and from Beit Surik village near Ramallah in the northern West Bank.
A wave of Palestinian knife, gun and car-ramming attacks erupted last year, but the violence has greatly subsided in recent months.
Since October 2015, 243 Palestinians, 36 Israelis, two Americans, a Jordanian, an Eritrean and a Sudanese have been killed, according to an AFP count.
Most of the Palestinians killed were carrying out knife, gun or car-ramming attacks, according to Israeli authorities.
Others were shot dead during protests or clashes, while some died in Israeli air strikes on Gaza.