Aftermath of the shooting attack.
First Sergeant Yossi Kirma, a 29-year-old police officer from the town of Mevaseret Zion, is the Special Patrol Unit officer killed in Sunday morning’s terrorist shooting attack in Jerusalem. He is survived by his wife, his parents , and two siblings. He recieved decorations for his work preventing a stabbing attack.
The other victim of the attack is Levana Malihi, 60, a grandmother and former longtime employee of the Knesset who retired in 2010. She is survived by her husband, three children, and six grandchildren.
In December 2015, Kirma was patrolling the Jerusalem area when he noticed a suspicious man walking next to a preschool. Kirma and his partner decided to check the man, and found a knife on his person. The suspect admitted to planning a stabbing attack when later questioned. Kirma was given a commendation from the Jerusalem District police commander for his actions.
Malihi worked at the Knesset for over 30 years, first at the cafeteria and then in the housekeeping department. The Knesset Spokesperson’s Office stated that, “Veteran Knesset workers remember a very warm woman, beloved by all, dedicated, caring, and humble. Even after her retirement in 2010, Levana stayed in touch with the Knesset and kept participating in various Knesset events.”
The attacker who killed Malihi and Kirma was driving a vehicle, and started his shooting spree near the Israel Police headquarters at Ammunition Hill. In addition to Kirma and Malihi, five people were wounded in the attack – three moderately, and two lightly. In addition, three people were treated for anxiety. The terrorist was shot and killed by Border Police forces.
The terrorist, who had served five months in and Israel prison in the past, was supposed to start another prison sentence Sunday. His Identity is under gag order at the time of this writing, but it can be revealed that he had shown allegiance to Hamas in social media posts.