Two people were murdered and six more reportedly injured, in a shooting terror attack near Ammunition Hill in Jerusalem.
Two of the victims were critically wounded in the attack and later succumbed to their wounds at the hospital, according to a statement from the Hadassah Medical Center.
Malichi, a resident of Jerusalem in her early 60s, was gunned down by a 39-year old Arab terrorist from the eastern Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan during the attack Sunday morning.
An employee in the Knesset building for more than 30 years, Malichi retired in 2010. She leaves behind three children and six grandchildren.
Her funeral is scheduled for 7:30 Sunday evening at the Har HaMenuchot cemetery in the capital.
The second victim, 29-year old Sergeant Major Yosef Kirma, was an officer in the Yassam, or Special Patrol Unit of the Israeli Police.
Kirma had responded to the attack, but was wounded in the crossfire while pursuing the terrorist. He was evacuated to Hadassah Hospital on Mount Scopus, where he was listed in critical condition.
Doctors were unable to stabilize his condition and were forced to declare his death.
Kirma had served the past four years with the Israeli Police. He is survived by his wife, parents, and two brothers.
Last December Kirma was responsible for foiling a terror attack at a kindergarten in Jerusalem. While on patrol, Kirma and his partner spotted a suspicious individual outside of the kindergarten. When Kirma searched the man, he discovered a knife. The would-be assailant later admitted that he had intended to carry out a stabbing attack.
He will be buried Sunday in the police section of the Har Herzl Military Cemetery at 5:30.
A gag order has been placed on details of the investigation, including the name of the Arab terrorist.
The terror attack took place next to police headquarters close to the Ammunition Hill light rail stop, and the area has been closed off by police, National Police Spokesman Mickey Rosenfeld said.
According to an initial police investigation, an Arab terrorist driving in a car came to a nearby junction, opened fire and hit passersby.
The terrorist then fled the scene, driving in the direction of Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood when a police motorcycle force chased after his vehicle.
When the terrorist saw the officers, he opened fire in their direction. The officers shot back at the terrorist and eliminated him.
Arab terrorists are clashing with police outside the terrorist’s home in East Jerusalem.
The Arab Ma’an news agency reported that the terrorist told them on Saturday that he was planning to turn himself into Israeli police at 10 am Sunday (7:00 GMT) to begin serving a four-month sentence for assaulting a police officer in East Jerusalem in 2013.
Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan surveyed one of the scenes hit by the attack and noted the importance of increased police presence in the city to fight lone-wolf attacks.
“This was a difficult and serious terror attack that took place at multiple scenes,” he said in Jerusalem. “In every situation assessment discussion we held, there was no warnings about such a planned attack but we predicted that because of the increased incitement, there would be terror attacks carried out by lone-wolf terrorists. It is important to notice and understand that the police presence in Jerusalem will be increased by hundreds, if not thousands, of officers throughout the city.”
“It is important to note that in the past months, there has been a drop in violence and we will take all the necessary steps in order to ensure the safety during the holiday season,” he said.
At the start of the weekly cabinet meeting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that he had been updated on the events in Jerusalem, wished the wounded a rapid recovery and thanked security forces.
Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat commended the security forces who responded to the attack and vowed that such attacks will not disrupt daily life in the city.
“Once again we are witnessing the brutal terror and relentless targeting of innocent civilians trying to disrupt our lives and hurt us. I wish the injured a speedy recovery,” he said.
“We will not surrender and we will continue to maintain our daily routines and the relentless war against terror and incitement,” he continued, adding, “I commend the security forces for acting promptly to intercept and neutralize the terrorist and I will push to strengthen them in the holy work they do throughout the year, especially now during the holiday season.”
Police Commissioner Roni Alsheikh urged the public to “not to change their daily life.”
“The public is strong, the public in Jerusalem is well versed and know how to return to normal, and I also hope the public trusts the police,” he said.
Gaza-based terror group Hamas praised the attack. While not going as far as directly taking responsibility, the group announced that the attacker was “one of ours.”
The Palestinian Islamic Jihad movement also praised that attack, calling it “heroic”.
Abbas’s Fatah called for a 2 day mourning period for the eliminated terrorist.
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