2:05PM IL: According to Jerusalem Police Chief Yoram Halevy, the 57-year-old Ras el-Amud resident who perpetrated the stabbing attack on the Jerusalem light rail earlier today, erev Shabbos Chol Hamoed Pesach 5777, is a “mentally disturbed individual with a history of family violence”.
The call came in to EMS at 12:50PM for a stabbing on the Jerusalem light rail near Tzahal Square. The victim who was R”L killed is reported to be in her 20s, sustaining stab wounds to her upper torso. She went into traumatic cardiac arrest and despite CPR and advanced life support measures, she was pronounced dead in the trauma unit of Hadassah Mt. Scopus Hospital. Unconfirmed but reliable reports state she was a Christian tourist visiting from Britain.
A second victim is a male in his 50s with a light leg injury sustained while trying to flee the terrorist. a third victim is a woman in advanced months of pregnancy knocked to the floor when the train came to a sudden halt. She was originally reported in light condition. They were both transported to Shaare Zedek Medical Center and are being evaluated at this time.
In one of the photos one can see the butcher’s knife used in the attack. The attacker was neutralized and is in police custody.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem/Photos: Media Resource Group)