Israeli ‘Hero’ Named as One of Two Slain in Palestinian Shooting Spree in Jerusalem
Israel Police Staff Sgt. Major Yosef Kirma, 29, and Lavana Malihi, 60, were the two Israelis slain Sunday morning in a terrorist attack in Jerusalem, the Hebrew news site nrg reported. According to the report, Kirma — who was awarded the equivalent of a Purple Heart in December for preventing a stabbing attack at an Israeli kindergarten — died from gunshot wounds sustained in the course of his pursuit after and battle with the terrorist from the Silwan neighborhood of east Jerusalem. After what the police commissioner described as a desperate fight to neutralize the terrorist and prevent him from killing and wounding additional innocent bystanders, Kirma – a resident of Mevasseret Zion who got married six months ago — succumbed to his wounds at the Hadassah Medical Center/Mount Scopus, where he was treated after being evacuated by paramedics. Malihi, a resident of Jerusalem, also died at the hospital from gunshot wounds to her upper body. The attack took place at around 10:00 am, when the terrorist – who was supposed to arrive at the Ramle Prison on Sunday to begin serving a sentence for assaulting a police officer – sped by police headquarters in northern Jerusalem and opened fire on people standing at the light rail stop. In the attack, in which Kirma and Malihi were murdered, at least six other people were wounded, and the 39-year-old terrorist was shot dead.