A terrorist from East Jerusalem’s Jabel Mukaber neighborhood infiltrated an Israel Border Police guard post near the Old City’s Lions’ Gate attacking officers with a knife and moderately injuring two police officers. One of them was able to shoot and eliminate the terrorist.

The scene of the terror attack this morning

The scene of the terror attack this morning Photo Credit: MDA Operations/Channel 2 News

Two 20-year-old Israel Border Police officers were moderately injured this morning (Monday) after being stabbed in a terror attack near the Old City of Jerusalem’s Lions’ Gate. The terrorist was shot and eliminated by one of the police officers. Magen David Adom (MDA) medics and paramedics provided them with medical attention at the scene and transported them to the Hadassah Ein Kerem hospital in Jerusalem. The two police officers suffered injuries in their upper bodies.

The terrorist was identified by Arab media outlets as 25-year-old Ibrahim Mahmoud Mattar who resided in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Jabel Mukaber. Israeli security forces arrived to the scene and began investigating the terror attack.

The knife confiscated at the scene

The knife confiscated at the scene Photo Credit: Channel 2 News

Jerusalem Police stated that prior to the terror attack, they had never heard of Mattar, he had never been involved in terrorism and had never been arrested in connection to terrorist activities. It is believed that he carried out the terror attack on a whim. Israeli security forces raided Mattar’s home this morning arresting his parents and two brothers, who were brought in for questioning. The family was asked if they were aware of his intentions to carry out the terror attack.