The suspect in the Jerusalem Central Bus Station stabbing attack Sunday has been identified by Palestinian media as 24-year-old Yasin Abu al-Qur’a from Talluza, near Nablus, although Israeli authorities have yet to confirm the attacker's identity.
At around 2 p.m. the 24-year-old Palestinian man arrived at the security check at the entrance of the station, and while undergoing standard security checks, pulled out a knife and stabbed a security guard, then fled the scene.
Police told The Jerusalem Post
that the attacker started running away down Jaffa Street, where he was apprehended by a civilian and other policemen.
He was then taken in for questioning at the Police Central Unit station.
The security guard was treated on scene by Magen David Adom medics, and was subsequently transported to Shaare Zedek Hospital for medical treatment. Reports say that he is in critical, but stable, condition.
Just after Wednesday's announcement by United States President Donald Trump that he recognized Jerusalem as Israel's capital, al-Qur'a posted a poem on Facebook, accompanied by a photo of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas. The poem contained the verse: "For the sake of Allah we have risen, our demand is to raise the flag, so our religion may once again be sublime, and the Al-Aksa Mosque will again be glorious."
Israeli Channel 10 News tweeted a photo of al-Qur'a.
According to the reports, al-Qur'a is the son retired Palestinian Authority General Yousef al-Qur'a. Some of al-Qur'a's brothers hold high positions as officers in the Palestinian Authority security forces.
Israeli authorities still have not confirmed the attacker's identity. Udi Shaham contributed to this report.