Mayor of Jerusalem and his security guard wrestled a man with a knife to the ground after an ultra-Orthodox Jew was stabbed at a busy intersection

February 24, 2015 3:39 pm

Nir Barkat was driving through Jerusalem when he saw the ultra-Orthodox Jew being attacked. Photo / AFP
was driving through when he saw the ultra-Orthodox Jew being attacked. Photo / AFP

The Mayor of Jerusalem and his security guard wrestled a man with
a knife to the ground after an ultra-Orthodox Jew was stabbed at a busy
intersection.
Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat instructed his
bodyguards to apprehend a Palestinian man who had just stabbed the
ultra-Orthodox Jew in the stomach.
Mr Barkat said he and his staff were travelling in a car when he noticed the “terrorist” with a knife.
He and his bodyguard leaped from their car to stop the attacker.
The bodyguard drew his firearm and wrestled the 18-year-old attacker to the ground and held him until police arrived.
The 27-year-old victim suffered a stab wound to the stomach and was only “lightly injured” according to police.

The stabbing took place between the Old City and the western sector’s city hall.
A police spokesman said the suspect was in Israel illegally and has been taken into custody for questioning.
Speaking to the Jerusalem Post, Mr Barkat said: “I was driving my car near [IDF] Square when suddenly my team saw the terrorist near us with a knife.
“Both
myself and my bodyguard immediately jumped out of my car, my guard drew
his weapon and we held the terrorist until police arrived, and
immediately took care of the casualty who fortunately was lightly
injured.”
Police spokesman Mickey Rosenfeld said: “Police force
are on heightened alert in Jerusalem after the attack. The Palestinian
is being questioned by the police.”

He
said that an investigation into the attack is continuing although there
has been an increase in the level of security patrols around the centre
of Jerusalem following the incident.
The motive for the attack
was not clear but it came after a series of knife assaults by
Palestinians on Israelis in recent months.
Last month, a
knife-wielding Palestinian attacked passengers on a morning rush-hour
bus in Tel Aviv, wounding 12 people, before being shot and wounded by a
passing prison officer.
In December, a knife-wielding Palestinian wounded two Israeli police officers in Jerusalem’s Old City.

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