Scene of Jerusalem attack
Photo: Dudi Vaaknin
Internal Security Minister Avi Dichter
Photo: Amir Cohen

Injured officer: Terrorists shouted Allahu Akbar

Border Guard officer recovering from Saturday's shooting attack in Jerusalem receives visit from internal security minister, says experience 'was just like watching a movie'

Isam Abu-Rish, the Border Guard officer wounded in Saturday's shooting attack in Jerusalem, knows things could have been much worse.


"I was at the checkpoint with a few of the other guards when two ordinary looking guys showed up," he recalled from his hospital bed on Sunday. "There was nothing suspicious about them, and then all of a sudden one of them shot me in the back, from point-blank range.


Dichter visiting wounded officer at hospital (Photo: Haim Zach)


"I pulled away, and I saw he was trying to take another shot, but his gun jammed, and I shot him. The other terrorist started running at me, so I shot him too.


"It was like something out of a movie," he added. "They were even shouting 'Allahu Akbar'."


Rish said he has every intention of returning to full service as a Border Guard offices when he recovers.


Security forces continued their investigation into Saturday's shooting, finding that both terrorists were from the village of Jabel Mukaber near Jerusalem.


Both were 23, and carrying Israeli IDs. The death of a third Palestinian, believed a bystander, is still under investigation.



Internal Security Minister Avi Dichter visited the two wounded security personnel at Hadassah Ein Kerem Sunday, accompanied by top police brass.


"The fact that the attack was carried out by Arabs carrying Israeli IDs makes last night's event that more serious," said Dichter. "Unfortunately, this isn't an unusual event, we must prevent such things from reoccurring," he added.



פרסום ראשון: 05.27.07, 16:53
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