Jordanian stabs Israeli police officer, shot dead

Posted May 14, 2017

"Hashem trieth the righteous; but the wicked and him that loveth violence His soul hateth".

An attacker was shot dead after he tried to stab a police officer in Jerusalem's Old City on Saturday afternoon, according to Israeli Police.

The incident took place in Shalshelet street, near the flashpoint al-Aqsa mosque compound, a focal point of tensions between Israel and Muslims.

Samri said the officer responded by opening fire and killing his attacker, a 57-year-old man from Jordan who arrived several days earlier on a tourist visa. The policeman suffered stab wounds to the head and neck.

A second man at the scene was lightly wounded in his arm.

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Following the incident, the police and soldiers closed Bab al-Amoud and Bab As-Sahera, leading to the Old City, and pushed dozens of officers into the area.

"The terrorist rushed toward him, whipped out a knife that he had in his possession, stormed him and began stabbing him". After the attack, the police arrested a local storekeeper who they suspected prevented passers-by from helping the policeman during the attack.

The Israeli Police said the man approached police officers and stabbed one in the upper-part of his body, moderately wounding him.

Making no mention of the stabbing, Jordanian Minister for Media Affairs Mohammed Momani issued a statement calling Skaji's death a "crime" and saying that as Israel is the occupying force in Jerusalem, it is responsible for it. "The government denounces this heinous crime...and has asked Israel to provide full details about it".