WATCH: Terrorist attacks Jerusalem policeman

Terrorist spots policeman, stabs him, haredi passersby help capture terrorist.

Uzi Baruch , | updated: 10:38 PM

Herod's Gate of Jerusalem's Old City
Herod's Gate of Jerusalem's Old City
Miriam Alster/Flash 90

An Arab terrorist on Saturday afternoon carried out a terror attack near the Old City Lions Gate in Jerusalem.

Police investigation shows that the terrorist, 57-year-old Muhammed Abdullah Salim al-Kasaji, was walking in the Old City when he saw a policeman coming towards him.

Al-Kasaji immediately ran towards the policeman, pulled out a knife, and stabbed him.

Two haredi passersby helped the policeman grab the terrorist, who was shot and killed.

Magen David Adom paramedics arrived at the scene and administered first aid to the 35-year-old policeman, transferring him fully conscious to Jerusalem's Shaare Zedek Hospital.

MDA paramedics Yosef Cassuot and Tzvi Tabans, who were the first to arrive at the scene, said, "We said a 35-year-old man fully conscious. He suffered stab wounds to his upper body, and together with police officers at the scene, we administered lifesaving first aid, and bandaged his wounds."

"We transferred the victim to an ambulance, and transferred him to the hospital in moderate and stable condition.

"And additional man suffered a slight injury to his hand when we arrested the terrorist. We treated him at the scene and he did not require hospitalization."

Jerusalem District Commander Yoram Halevi said, "At about 2:00p.m., following the Muslims' afternoon prayers on the Temple Mount, the terrorist noticed a policeman who had just finished his shift, and attacked him."

"Two haredi civilians helped the policeman take control of the terrorist. The policeman was then able to shoot the terrorist.

"We are investigating the terrorist, who arrived in Israel from Jordan, and we will investigate everything that happened up until the moment of the attack."

Israel Police also arrested a street vendor who had watched the stabbing attack but did not provide aid to the policeman - and even attempted to prevent the one of the haredi civilians from helping him.

The street vendor, who is in his forties, was brought for an interrogation.

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