Police arrest 18 Arab suspects in Lion’s Gate stabbing

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March 19, 2017 19:23

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An ongoing police investigation into the March 13 Purim stabbing attack of two officers at the Old City’s Lion’s Gate resulted in the arrests of 18 Arab suspects from Judea and Samaria, and Arab neighborhoods in Jerusalem, police said on Sunday. Both officers were moderately wounded in the attack, and the terrorist, from Jabl Mukaber, was shot dead.

According to Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld, all of the suspects are religious extremists who had interactions on social media and Whatsapp groups about the attack, which they deemed “the way to heaven.”

“The group was set up and had extremist religious views,” he said, adding that a Jerusalem Magistrate’s Court judge extended the remand of 10 of the suspects until Monday.

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