(JNS.org) Israeli police raided the eastern Jerusalem home of Palestinian terrorist Muhammad Ibrahim Mattar Monday, just hours after the suspect initiated a pre-dawn stabbing attack on two border guards at the Lions’ Gate entrance to Jerusalem’s Old City.
The police officers were moderately wounded in the attack when Mattar, 25, stabbed them with a large butcher’s knife. The injured border guards were transported to Hadassah Hospital for treatment and were reported to be fully conscious and in stable condition upon arrival. The guards shot the terrorist during the attack, and he later died of his wounds.
Following the attack, police entered the Mattar family home in the Jabel Mukaber neighborhood of eastern Jerusalem and arrested four family members, including the attacker’s parents and one of his brothers. Police also gathered evidence in the family home, including a flag with the insignia of the Hamas terror organization.
Jabel Mukaber has been home to several Palestinian terrorists since the beginning of a Palestinian terror wave that began in October 2015.
Monday’s stabbing attack came as Israeli police deployed extra units throughout Israel’s capital city for the holiday of Purim, which is celebrated in Jerusalem a day later than it is in most other cities in the country.
A spokesperson for the Israel Police indicated that Purim celebrations would continue as normal, stating, “General security measures continue in Jerusalem as the Purim festival is being celebrated today.”