Soldier and Light Rail Security Guard Prevented Terrorist From Continuing Deadly Jerusalem Stabbing Spree, Eyewitnesses Say
Friday’s terrorist attack inside a Jerusalem light rail train — in which a 21-year-old British woman Hannah Bladon was killed and two other people were injured — could have been worse if not for the actions of an IDF soldier and a security guard who prevented the assailant from continuing his stabbing spree, an eyewitness told the Hebrew news site Walla.
“I saw an older man sitting next to me and suddenly he took out a knife,” the eyewitness recounted, referring to 57-year-old attacker Jamil Tamimi — an Arab resident of east Jerusalem’s Ras al-Amud neighborhood, who was arrested at the scene without being injured. “He stabbed a girl next to me in the shoulder blades region several times. I was in shock.”
“I pushed him,” the eyewitness continued. “He got up with his knife and stabbed several others. The driver opened the door within half a minute.”
Another eyewitness to the attack — which took place as the train passed through IDF Square next to the walls of Jerusalem’s Old City — told Walla: “A soldier who was there did not let the terrorist escape. A light rail security guard held his leg and prevented him from stabbing more people and his knife was taken from him.”
A third eyewitness told Walla, “I was in the second car of the train and just before the train turned toward the municipality building, people in the car started pushing and running like crazy.”
“The driver opened the door and everyone got off the train,” the eyewitness continued.
Bentzi Oering – the commander of ZAKA Jerusalem — said in a statement, “We received a report that someone had been seriously injured in a stabbing attack on the light railway. I arrived quickly on the scene, with other volunteers from ZAKA Jerusalem. There was one young woman in critical condition, as well as others suffering from shock. After the young woman received CPR treatment and was taken to hospital by MDA, the ZAKA volunteers remained at the scene to collect the remains.”
Watch a video below of the terrorist being arrested: