COMBINED SHOOTING/STABBING ATTACK IN OLD JERUSALEM
A stabbing and shooting attack took place, on Wednesday 02/03/2016 noon, near Damascus Gate in Jerusalem’s Old City according to police reports.
Police reports indicate that three attackers, armed with three ‘Karl Gustav’ submachine guns, three pistols, knives and several explosive devices,, rrived at the Damascus Gate, one of the most busy places in Jerusalem. The assailants aroused the suspicion of a Border Police always stationed there. Damascus gate is the stage of about dozen knife attacks and stabbings in the last 6 months .
During the attack, one of the terrorists provided his ID card to the officers while a second terrorist pulled out a rifle and began firing. Two female Border Police officers were seriously injured by fire. The Border Police quickly responded, firing at and killing all three terrorists.
Palestinian sources identified the three terrorists as Ahmed Rajeh Zakarneh, Mohamed Ahmed Kmail and Ahmed Najeh Abu Al-Rub. The sources said that the three twenty-year-old men came for the town of Qabatiya in Jenin district in the north of the West Bank.
The three terrorists had no prior security records.
One Israeli victim was considered to be in critical condition and the second victim was in serious condition.
Police spokesperson Micky Rosenfeld confirmed that bomb disposal experts at the scene successfully neutralized two pipe bombs that didn’t explode.
* The ‘Karl Gustav’ 9 m”m sub-machinegun is very common and in use by Sinai smugglers and Bedouins, by crime gangs on the two sides of the Israeli-Egyptian border in Sinai and in Israel and by terror organizations in Gaza Strip and the West Bank,
* According to the initial investigation the three attackers brought with them the weapons and explosive devices from all the way from Qabatiya, in Northern Samaria, to Jerusalem bypassing army checkpoints and other means .
** Last Sunday 01/31/2016, three soldiers were wounded in a shooting attack at a checkpoint near Beit El in the West Bank. The terrorist, who arrived at the checkpoint by car from the direction of Ramallah, was shot dead by IDF troops at the checkpoint. The shooter Amjad Sakari (pic-l), 35, was a Palestinian policeman and security officer of Palestinian dignitaries
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