Hadas Malka, a 23-year-old Border Police officer, was murdered in a combined shooting and stabbing attack in Jerusalem’s Old City on Friday evening.
Three Muslim terrorists armed with knives and semi-automatic weapons attacked two different sites the capital, critically wounding a 23-year-old border policewoman. Four other bystanders were wounded, two moderately and two lightly.
All three terrorists were shot and eliminated by security forces at the scene.
According to preliminary reports from the scene, two Muslim terrorists opened fire at a border police force on Sultan Suleiman St.
A third Muslim terrorist stabbed Malka, who was stationed at the Damascus Gate. He, too, was neutralized by security forces.
Malka, who suffered critical injuries, was evacuated to the Hadassah Mount Scopus Hospital, where she later succumbed to her wounds.
ISIS claimed responsibility for terror attack in a message posted by Amaq, the the group’s news agency.
According to sources, this is the first time that ISIS have claimed responsibility for carrying out an attack in Israel.
A message posted by the terror group stated that “the attack was carried out by three lions,” and said that the attack “will not be the last.”
Jerusalem district police commander Yoram Halevy described the attack, saying, “At one scene, near Sultan Suleiman St., two terrorists—one armed with a semi-automatic weapon and the other a knife—attacked police. Police responded and killed both attackers at the scene. Several meters away, at the Damascus Gate, an additional terrorist stabbed a border policewoman, critically wounding her. The terrorist was shot by other officers in the area.”
According to MDA, two members of security forces were wounded, with another border policeman sustaining light injuries to his eye. Additionally, a 22-year-old man and a 40-year-old man were evacuated to Shaare Zedek Medical Center in moderate condition after sustaining gunshot wounds to the torso and limbs, respectively.
According to Halevy, “We are in the third part of Ramadan and as we near the end of the holiday, the more sensitive the situation becomes. We will have to make difficult decisions such as whether or not to allow people to come to Jerusalem, if we should allow them to pray in such large numbers, which can lead to terror attacks.
“We will conduct a situational assessment tonight with security forces and it is possible that there may be serious consequences in regards to the issue of Ramadan, which only ends in ten days.”
According to sources in the security establishment, the style of attack conducted Friday evening is reminiscent of the combined attack which killed border policewoman Hadar Cohen last February.