Sunday, May 7, 2017

Israel: Female Muslim assailant tries to stab policeman in Jerusalem, is shot dead

(The Times of Israel) A female assailant who attempted to stab police officers was shot dead by security forces at the Damascus Gate in the Old City of Jerusalem on Sunday, police said.

None of the officers were injured in the alleged attack attempt.

According to police, the woman approached a group of officers who were standing guard at the gate.

“It appears she took out the knife and waved it in the direction of the officers, who realized it was a knife and neutralized her,” the spokesperson said.

The woman was not immediately identified.

Police closed off the area following the attack, the spokesperson said.

Video from the scene showed some light clashes — mainly pushing and yelling — between police and civilians who appear to be local residents of the area.