Saturday, May 13, 2017

Jerusalem: Jordanian tourist stabs Israeli police officer, shot dead; Jordan blames Israel

(Reuters) A Jordanian citizen stabbed and wounded an Israeli police officer who then shot him dead in Jerusalem's Old City on Saturday, Israeli police said, the latest in a string of street attacks.

Police spokeswoman Luba Simri said the officer was walking down a street when he was attacked by a 57-year-old Jordanian who had arrived in Israel for a visit a few days earlier.

"The terrorist rushed toward him, whipped out a knife that he had in his possession, stormed him and began stabbing him. The police officer responded with determination and in a professional manner, managed to activate his weapon and neutralized him," Simri said.

Ten seconds of security camera footage released by the police appeared to show a man, knife in hand, lunging toward a policeman falling backwards onto the ground, then jumping on him while wielding the knife and making stabbing motions.

Israel's ambulance service Magen David Adom said the police officer was not severely wounded.

Jordanian government spokesman Mohammad al Momani disputed the Israeli account of the incident, which he described as an "ugly crime."

"The Israeli government as the occupying power bears responsibility over the shooting of a Jordanian citizen in occupied eastern Jerusalem today that caused his martyrdom," al Momani told Jordanian state news agency Petra.

Update: The hero police officer is recovering in the hospital.