Victim of Jerusalem terror attack identified

Authorities identify terror victim as British exchange student interested in religious sciences and archaeology.

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Scene of Jerusalem's light rail attack
Scene of Jerusalem's light rail attack
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The victim of Friday's terror attack has been identified as 21-year-old Hannah Bladon, a British exchange student.

Bladon was a theology student at the University of Birmingham who began studying at Jerusalem's Hebrew University in January. She was scheduled to complete the exchange program in September. During her time at Hebrew University, Bladon took courses in archaeology, religion, and Bible studies. She also took an "ulpan" course to learn Hebrew.

An Arab terrorist on Friday afternoon stabbed Bladon repeatedly inside a light rail train as it passed the Jerusalem Municipality. Two others were injured in the attack.

Israel Police identified the terrorist as 57-year-old Jamil Tamimi, a resident of one of Jerusalem's Arab neighborhoods.

"As the tram approached Kikar Tzahal, he pulled out a knife and stabbed the female tourist in the upper body, critically wounding her," Israel Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said. "She was treated at the scene by paramedics and rushed to Hadassah University Medical Center in Jerusalem, where she died of her wounds.

"The suspect was taken to Jerusalem’s police headquarters for questioning, where it was confirmed that it was a terrorist attack.

"Heightened security is continuing in Jerusalem to prevent any other attacks."

"The university condemns such acts of terror and murder that hurt innocents who have come to Jerusalem to learn and to enrich their academic knowledge," Hebrew University said in a statement. "The university’s administration and staff members are providing all the necessary support to all the students, staff members and families in Israel and abroad. May her memory be a blessing."

The vice-director of Hebrew University's exchange program said, "Hannah came to Israel because of the Hebrew and because of her interest in religious sciences. Her friends speak of her as being intellectually curious and very active. She tried to make the most of her opportunity to learn in Israel."

After speaking to Hannah's parents on Friday night, the vice-director learned that Hannah had been an only daughter.

Responding to the terror attack, Bladon's family issued a statement via Britain's Foreign Office.

"Hannah was the most caring, sensitive and compassionate daughter you could ever wish for," they said. "She was a talented student and was studying at Birmingham University for a degree in religion, theology and archaeology."

"At the time of her death, she was part of a student exchange program and was studying at the Rothberg International School at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

"Hannah was a talented musician, part of a serving team at her local church, and a member of her local archaeological group. She was an enthusiastic rugby player and a keen Derby County supporter. She was driven and passionate, and her death leaves so much promise unfulfilled.

"Our family is devastated by this senseless and tragic attack."

Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, Israeli President Reuven Rivlin, opposition leader Yitzhak Herzog (Zionist Union), and Israeli UN Ambassador Danny Danon sent their condolences to Bladon's family.








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