Border Police officers at the scene of an attempted stabbing sttack at a checkpoin near Ras Bilu, May 23, 2016.
(photo credit: POLICE SPOKESPERSON'S UNIT)
A Palestinian woman was shot dead Monday afternoon after she attempted to stab security forces at a checkpoint north of Jerusalem, Border Police said.
According to a Border Police statement, a Palestinian woman arrived at the Ras Bidu checkpoint near Givat Ze’ev around 2:30 p.m.
and was approached by officers “who thought she appeared suspicious.”
The officers then asked her to stop and fired warning shots in the air, but she then ran toward them brandishing a knife and was shot by the officers, the statement read.
(Credit: Israel Police)
The officer in charge of the team, named by the Border Police as “N,” said in a statement: “I understood right away it was a terrorist attack,” adding that the awareness of the police prevented any further casualties.
The woman was pronounced dead at the scene; no Israeli security forces or civilians were wounded in the incident.
Police later released a photo of a large black kitchen knife they said the woman was brandishing, but gave no details as to her identity, saying she was not carrying papers.