Palestinian stabs Israeli police officer in head with screwdriver


JERUSALEM (JTA) — An Israel Police officer was stabbed in the head and moderately wounded by a Palestinian man in Jerusalem who was shot and later died.

A boy, 12, from eastern Jerusalem, also said he was injured in the head by the same assailant in the early Wednesday afternoon attack in the Muslim quarter of the Old City, although it is not clear to police how it happened. The officer and the boy were transported to a Jerusalem hospital.

The 21-year-old assailant, from the village of Beit Surik, north of Jerusalem, was shot and critically wounded. He died of his injuries in the hospital. He reportedly approached a group of police officers who were at the Lions’ Gate, pulled out a screwdriver and started to attack one of the officers, according to police.

The attack came a day after a Palestinian woman from eastern Jerusalem was arrested after attempting to run over security forces at a West Bank checkpoint.

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