Stabbing of 2 elderly Jewish women on Jerusalem promenade called terrorist attack


JERUSALEM (JTA) — Two elderly Jewish women were stabbed Tuesday by two masked assailants while walking on a popular promenade overlooking the Old City of Jerusalem in what is being called a terror attack.

The victims, reported to be in their 70s or 80s, were taken to a Jerusalem hospital in moderate condition with stab wounds to their arms and upper bodies following the morning attack in the eastern Jerusalem neighborhood of Armon  Hanatziv, also known as East Talpiot.

They were walking with a group of women on the promenade, which marks the border between the eastern and western halves of the city, and is usually full of joggers, walkers and tourists.

Police said they arrested two men in the eastern Jerusalem neighborhood of Jabel Mukaber and were continuing to search for other suspects. The two were later released. Security was heightened in public areas of the city following the attack, according to police.

The incident is being considered a nationalist attack. Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld called the two arrested men “terrorists” in a tweet.

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