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Knife Discarded by Soldier's Attacker Gave Him Away

Arab who stabbed female soldier on Jerusalem Light Rail threw his knife out a bus window and was caught.
By Gil Ronen
First Publish: 3/26/2012, 1:33 PM

Police Seal Off Stabbing Scene
Police Seal Off Stabbing Scene
Israel news photo: Flash 90

The Arab who stabbed an Israeli female soldier in Jerusalem two weeks ago threw his knife out a bus window as he was on his way to a hiding place after the attack. This led to his arrest, it now turns out.

The suspected terrorist is an 18-year-old resident of eastern Jerusalem. He was to be brought before the Magistrates' Court on Jerusalem for remand Monday, and police said it would ask to keep him incarcerated until the end of legal proceedings against him.

The investigation has discovered that the terrorist left his home on the morning of the attack equipped with a knife. When he reached the gate to the school where he studies, he decided not to go in, and at 10 a.m. he took the light rail back to his home. When he went on the train, he saw the female soldier and sat down opposite her.

A few seconds before the train stopped at his station, the terrorist stabbed the young Jewish woman several times and when the doors opened, and he ran away toward his home, where he met his brother and told him what he had done.

He then got on a bus toward Kalandia, with the aim of hiding with relatives in Ramallah. During the bus ride, he threw the knife out the window of the bus. This information somehow reached the police. At the Kalandia crossing, he was arrested, and he admitted his crime in the initial interrogation. He said he had stabbed the soldier as revenge for Israel's actions against Arabs.

The investigation found that he acted independently and was not affiliated with any terror group.