Three terrorists committed a combined stabbing and shooting attack Wednesday afternoon at Jerusalem's Damascus gate, wounding two female Border Police officers and a young man.
One of the guards, Hadar Cohen, 19, was critically wounded and later died from her injuries while hospitalized in Hadassah Medical Center.
|Scene of the attack at Damascus Gate|
The scene of a combined shooting and stabbing attack in Jerusalem.
Cohen, a resident of Or Yehuda, was a recent recruit to the Border Police, and leaves behind her parents, brother and sister.
Hadar Cohen, who died from wounds she sustained during a combined shooting and stabbing attack in Jerusalem.
The other Border Police officer, 20, was seriously wounded and also taken to Hadassah Medical Center with multiple stab wounds, where her condition improved to moderate.
The man was lightly wounded. The three terrorists were shot dead at the scene by security forces.
Just before the attack happened, the two officers - who had recently joined the Border Police and were undergoing training - approached two men who were sitting on a bench next Damascus Gate, along with their unit commander. The officers asked them for their ID, when of the pair got up and stabbed one of the officers, moderately wounding her. Cohen shot the stabber, killing him.
According to the other Border Police officer who was on the scene, another terrorist drew a Carl Gustav rifle when he was asked for his ID and started shooting.
Other Border Police officers on the scene also opened fire, including the moderately wounded officer, at which point the third terrorist arrived and shot Cohen at close range. A police officer who was in the area shot and killed the shooter who had fired at Cohen.
Scene of the Jerusalem attack
According to Palestinian sources, the attackers - Ahmed Abu Al-Roub, Mohammed Kamil and Mohammed Nasser - came from the Jenin area, and were aged between 20 and 21. Two of the attackers had been barred from entering Israel by the Shin Bet, and all three crossed over illegally.
Later on, two explosive devices were found at the scene along with two guns. The explosives were neutralized.
Hamas praised the attack, calling the terrorists "heroes" and saying that the incident proved that "the Palestinian people will persist with the intifada."
Last Sunday, three soldiers were wounded in a shooting attack at a checkpoint near
Beit El in the West Bank. The terrorist, who arrived at the checkpoint by car from the direction of Ramallah, was shot dead by IDF troops at the scene. One of the wounded soldiers, 21 years old, was taken to the Hadassah Medical Center in Jerusalem's Ein Karem in serious condition with a gunshot wound to his neck. His condition was later defined as moderate.
Another soldier, 31, was in serious condition and taken to the Hadassah Medical Center in Jerusalem's Mount Scopus with gunshot wounds to his stomach and extremities. The third soldier, 20, was also taken to Hadassah in light condition after being hit in his extremities.