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Security cameras show wounded policeman struggling with terrorist before neutralizing himA few hours after he was stabbed and moderately wounded, Maj. Gen. N. recounted the dramatic moments in the Old City of Jerusalem in which he fought for his life: "You have to fight to save civilians and your own life."
Watch: Video footage from security cameras in the Old City recorded the attack
Israel Police Major General N., a police officer in Jerusalem, was stabbed by a terrorist in the Old City on Saturday. N., 37, managed to shoot and eliminate the terrorist, even though he suffered moderate wounds in the upper part of his body from the struggle.
Commander of the Jerusalem District Police Yoram Halevy came straight to Shaare Zedek Hospital from the scene of the attack near the Lions' Gate to visit the policeman. "We are very proud of you, proud of what you did and of how you reacted," said the district commander. "Your reaction was excellent, professional, appropriate and safe."
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The investigation following the attack revealed that the terrorist, a 57-year-old Jordanian citizen, arrived in Israel on a tourist visa with a group a few days ago. This afternoon, when he walked down HaShalshelet Street in the Old City, he noticed the policeman. The terrorist charged at him with a knife and stabbed him several times.
Despite being injured, N. struggled with the terrorist and managed to repel him and reach for his gun. Two civilians who were leaving the Kotel witnessed the incident and ran to help N. repel the terrorist for a second time. At this point, the policeman loaded his weapon and shot and neutralized the terrorist.
Police also arrested a local owner of a juice stand who witnessed the attack and did nothing to help. Security cameras showed that the man, in his 40s, tried to prevent a Haredi man from helping the policeman by pushing him away.
Jordan's official news agency published a harsh statement condemning Israel for "the shameful crime" of killing a Jordanian citizen for “no reason.” A Jordanian news website published the name of the terrorist, Mohammed Alexjey, who was born in 1960. Diplomatic sources in Jordan said that the authorities have launched an investigation into the circumstances leading to his death.
According to the Israel Police, this incident marks the fifth terrorist attack to take place in the Old City this month. The terrorists were neutralized in each attack.
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