Police investigating whether 3 attackers acted alone
Police are investigating whether the three Palestinian terrorists were acting alone, or whether they received help — either locally or from Jenin, Channel 2 reports.
Police are sweeping the area and questioning witnesses.
Wounded cop was unconscious when paramedics came
A paramedic who treated the two injured policewomen describes the scene of the attack.
“When we arrived on the scene we saw two young women, approximately 20 years old, lying on the ground with puncture wounds to the upper body. One was unconscious, the other was still conscious, but dazed,” says Nissan Hefetz.
“We quickly gave them treatment on the scene and then transported them, while giving lifesaving medical treatment, to the hospital. They were in serious condition.”
Another paramedic from the Hatzolah emergency service says locals started rioting “and even tried to attack the emergency staff.”
Police confirm 3 terrorists killed
Police confirm that all three Palestinian attackers have been killed by Israeli forces.
Injured cops taken to hospital
The two injured policewomen are evacuated to the Hadassah Mount Scopus hospital for treatment.
The border police “served as a protective vest” for the people of Jerusalem, says a police spokesperson. “The police are here for you. I call on Israeli civilians to be alert. Call us if you see anything suspicious.”
Police say larger attack averted by fast response
Police are saying that a far more deadly attack was thwarted by the fast response by security forces, who shot and killed the terrorists moments after they opened fire.
“This is a combined attack, a serious attack, that was prevented by the vigilance of police at the scene,” says a police spokesman.
Police confirm 2 hurt in shooting attack
Police say that the attack was a shooting attack.
“Three terrorists armed with Karl Gustav rifles, knives, and pipe bombs arrived at Damascus Gate,” police say. A team of border policemen spotted them, and asked for ID. One terrorist pulled out his identification papers, while another pulled out a gun and began shooting, police say.
Two female policewomen are hurt in the attack, police confirm.
“The goal was to carry out a large attack,” police say.
The terrorists were from the Jenin area in the West Bank, Channel 2 reports. Read more updates at the Times of Israel.