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Palestinian Authority/Gaza, April 22, 2020

Israeli border policeman rammed in horrifying terror attack near Jerusalem

Original source

World Israel News

The horrifying moments were caught on camera. An Arab terrorist rammed his white van into an Israeli border policeman standing guard at a checkpoint near Abu Dis in the area of Maale Adumim, south of Jerusalem at 8:00 a.m. on Wednesday morning.

The border policeman, 20, scrambled to recover his footing as the terrorist leapt from the van and attacked him with a pair of scissors, wounding him in the head. The border policeman fought him off and then ran to buy time. Other Israeli security officers gave chase.

They opened fire on the terrorist, killing him.

The officer was reported in moderate condition. He was treated by first responders at the scene and then transferred to Shaare Zedek hospital.

A pipe bomb was also found at the scene of the attack, which police say they think the terrorist intended to throw at the checkpoint.

A police spokesman said, "The terrorist arrived in the area with a vehicle and then stabbed a Border Police officer who was at the security checkpoint."

"The Border Police officer was lightly to moderately wounded. Other officers in the area responded by opening fire and shot the terrorist. An explosive device, a pipe bomb, was found in the area. The area has been closed off. Police bomb disposal personnel are at the scene," he said.

Palestinian media identified the terrorist as Ibrahim Muhammad Ali Hijazi Halasa, 25, from the Al-Sawahra area. They referred to him as a "martyr."

The attack occurred just before the start of Ramadan, which begins April 24. The month-long holiday is usually accompanied by a spike in terror attacks.