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Palestinian Authority/Gaza, December 10, 2017

Security guard seriously wounded in Jerusalem terror stabbing

Original source

Times of Israel

A Palestinian terrorist stabbed a security guard in the chest,  seriously wounding him, at the entrance to the Jerusalem Central Bus Station on Sunday, before being tackled by police and a passerby, officials said.

Graphic video footage from the scene showed the terrorist slowly handing his belongings to the security guard, who was checking travelers at the door to the station, before suddenly taking out a knife and plunging it into the guard's chest.

The terrorist then tried to flee the scene, but a police officer and civilians chased after him and tackled him to the ground. Police denied media reports that the terrorist had been shot or killed. He was taken into custody for further questioning.

Medics from the Magen David Adom ambulance service said they tried to stop the bleeding and applied bandages during the five-minute ambulance ride to the hospital.

The victim, 46, was taken to the capital's Shaare Zedek Medical Center for treatment where doctors were battling to stabilize his condition and save his life, said Dr. Ofer Merrin, the head of trauma center.

"The knife, unfortunately, hit his heart. His condition has stabilized, but I cannot say that there's not threat to his life because, like I said, he's in serious condition," the doctor said, adding that he was unconscious and connected to a respirator.

Minister of Public Security and Strategic Affairs Gilad Erdan blamed the Palestinian Authority for inciting terror attacks.

"This afternoon's terror attack in Jerusalem is a direct result of the ongoing incitement to terror by the PA and Fatah, which is working with Hamas to instigate violence," Erdan said.

"Abu Mazen continues to demonstrate that he is not a true partner for peace, and now that he has established a unity government with Hamas , he is responsible for Hamas' murderous incitement as well. I am praying for the quick recovery of the security guard who was wounded in the attack."

According to the Shin Bet security service, the suspected terrorist is a 24-year-old Palestinian from the northern West Bank, near the city of Nablus. His name was not released.

The 24-year-old Palestinian had a permit allowing him to work in the so-called "seam region," surrounding the West Bank, but not inside Israel proper, the Shin Bet said.