Palestinian terrorists in Jerusalem stabbed and wounded two people – one of whom was a Nepalese foreign worker – in two stabbing attacks in the capital on Sunday morning.
In the first attack, a 38-year-old Palestinian man from Nablus pounced on a Border Police officer patrolling Hagai Street in the Old City.
He stabbed the border policeman in the neck and lightly wounded him, before another officer shot him dead at the scene.
The second officer said he saw the Palestinian man stab his partner and so he stepped back, cocked his firearm and shot the man.
The officer was lightly-to-moderately wounded in the attack and was taken to Hadassah-University Medical Center in Jerusalem’s Ein Kerem for treatment.
Later in the morning, a female Nepalese caretaker was walking down Shamgar Street in Jerusalem’s Romema neighborhood when a Palestinian teen stabbed her from behind and then fled on foot, leaving her bleeding on the pavement with moderate wounds.
The victim, 30-year-old Hisorai Taplaya, is a Nepalese caretaker who has lived in Israel for seven years. Sitting on her hospital bed on Sunday, Taplaya said she will be celebrating her 31st birthday on Monday. She told reporters that she was walking down the street around 10 a.m. “with headphones on, listening to music and then he [the attacker] came near me, a young guy, and he put a knife or something in me.”
Taplaya said she lay on the pavement waiting for someone to help her, to no avail. She said she then crossed the street, where a bus driver helped her and called police. She was taken to Jerusalem’s Shaare Zedek Medical Center for treatment.
Police and Border Police officers arriving at the scene launched a manhunt for the attacker, who was found not long after, hiding in a construction site nearby. Police said the youth tried in vain to blend in with the other Arab construction workers at the site, and had smeared his clothes with paint to try to pass as a laborer.
Police said the attacker is a 17-year-old Palestinian from the West Bank and that they also found the knife used in the attack at the construction site. Police arrested two other suspects believed to have possibly helped him, as well.
Speaking to reporters on Sunday, Jerusalem district police commander Dep.-Ch. Avshalom Peled said the security situation in the capital “is complicated and will remain such for at least a number of weeks.”
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