Minister slams inquiry against terrorist-killer

Erdan 'saddened' by Justice Ministry's investigation against cop who shot scissor terrorists in Jerusalem, hopes case will be closed soon.

Ido Ben Porat ,

Scissors attack
Scissors attack

Internal Security Minister Gilad Erdan (Likud) criticized on Monday the decision to launch an investigation against the policeman who shot the two "scissor terrorists" in Jerusalem last month, near the Mahane Yehuda Market.

The Justice Ministry's Department for Investigations of Policemen (Mahash) summoned the policeman to questioning following complaints that he fired at one of the two female terrorists after she had already been "neutralized" and was lying on the sidewalk.

The investigation is ongoing.

Erdan said: "I am saddened by Mahash's decision to investigate the police sapper who thwarted the Jerusalem terror attack perpetrated by two teenage girls, known in the media as the 'scissor terror attack.'"

"I cannot understand why people are always trying to judge the security forces for split second decisions at the scene of a terror attack, as if this was a laboratory and one could know, in a single moment, what other weapons or explosives are on the terrorists' bodies, and whether they are completely sapped of strength or can still stab anyone who comes near them," he added.

Erdan said that he respects Mahash's authority but hopes that this investigation will end quickly and that the case will be closed.

"We have got to back the security forces who save lives with their bodies, time after time," he said.

The attack three weeks ago was perpetrated by two teenage girls, aged 14 and 16. They managed to lightly wound a 70-year-old man, who they thought was a Jew but was in fact an Arab. One terrorist was killed and the other has been indicted. She has said she intends to sue the policeman who shot her.