Terrorist stabs female soldier in light rail car (JERUSALEM POST) By MELANIE LIDMAN 03/16/12)
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Teenage attacker apprehended at Kalandiya crossing; Jerusalem on
alert ahead of the city´s marathon.
A Palestinian teenager stabbed a 19-year-old female soldier on the
light rail in Jerusalem Thursday morning, seriously wounding the
woman before fleeing.
The attacker rode the train north until the Pisgat Ze’ev station,
where he stood up and stabbed the woman, who was in uniform, several
times before running away as the doors opened, said Dep.-Ch. Nissan
Aderi, the commander of the police’s Zion Precinct.
This is the first terrorist attack on the light rail since it began
carrying passengers in August. The suspect was caught around 11:30
a.m. at the Kalandiya crossing, located near the Pisgat Ze’ev
neighborhood, trying to return to Palestinian Authority- controlled
He admitted to carrying out the attack and was questioned by security
forces. Investigators were trying to determine whether the teenager
acted alone or was part of an organized terrorist group, National
Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said.
Paramedics treated the victim before evacuating her to the capital’s
Shaare Zedek Medical Center in serious condition. The IDF Spokesman’s
Office said the soldier was headed to her Jerusalem base when she was
Light rail security officers had checked the teenager when he boarded
the train but did not find his knife. Northbound light rail service
was suspended after the attack, but resumed after approximately two
“We did not have any intelligence that there would be a terrorist
attack on or around the light rail,” Aderi said. “The light rail is
secure... There are guards and Jerusalem residents can continue to
travel on it.”
The level of alert was raised in Jerusalem following the attack,
though the city was already on heightened alert due to the thousands
of runners preparing to run in the annual marathon on Friday morning.
The alert level was not raised around the country following the
attack, Rosenfeld said.
Dvir Adani, a 22-year-old volunteer with United Hatzalah first
responders, was the first paramedic on the scene.
“When I got here, I saw a woman in her 20s lying on the ground losing
blood. I started giving her first aid until the ambulance arrived,”
“She was stabbed in the chest and had a few cuts in other areas. I
heard her say: ‘Why me? Why did this happen to me?’” Jerusalem Mayor
Nir Barkat visited the soldier at the hospital on Thursday afternoon,
and urged calm.
“Routine events in Jerusalem will continue as planned and the light
rail will continue to operate, serving all residents both Arab and
Jewish,” he said. (© 1995-2011, The Jerusalem Post 03/15/12)
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