Israeli Border Police officer killed, 2 wounded in Jerusalem terror attack

Jerusalem's Damascus Gate. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

( Two female Israeli Border Police officers and a young man were seriously wounded in a Palestinian terror attack at the Damascus Gate in Jerusalem's Old City on Wednesday. One of the female officers, 19-year-old Hadar Cohen, later died from her wounds.

Three terrorists armed with knives, explosive devices, and three automatic guns aroused suspicion at the border and were asked to provide identification documents. One of the terrorists began firing and injured the two women. The Israeli Border Police unit responded immediately by shooting all three terrorists dead.

Israeli police said that the wounded officers prevented a much larger attack by stopping the terrorists. According to Israeli police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld, bomb disposal experts neutralized two pipe bombs carried by the terrorists at the scene.

The three terrorists were identified as Ahmed Rajeh Zakarneh, Mohamed Ahmed Kmail, and Ahmed Najeh Abu Al-Rub from Qabatiya, in the Jenin area. The terrorists were all 20 years old.

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin said before Cohen's death that “together with the entire nation of Israel, I am praying for the recovery of the wounded. To you, the Border Police forces, men and women, protectors of the walls of Jerusalem, I thank you in the name of the nation for your service against fighting against the murderous terror that sees no boundaries."

Meanwhile, the Hamas terror group applauded the attack and called it a "severe blow" to Israeli security measures, the Jerusalem Post reported.

Posted on February 3, 2016 .