'When I realized it was a terror attack, I dropped everything'

Jerusalem mayor, police commander thank civilians, officers who stopped terrorist after Jerusalem stabbing attack.

Arutz Sheva Staff ,

site of Jerusalem stabbing attack
site of Jerusalem stabbing attack
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Jerusalem District Commander Yoram Halevy and Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat met with the civilians and police officers who subdued and captured the terrorist who carried out the attack near the capital's central bus station Sunday.

"At first I thought that it was a fight, but when I realized that it was a terrorist, I just dropped everything [to go stop the terrorist]," said Yosef Ben Amo, a taxi driver who helped subdue the terrorist. "I want to congratulate the police. I was relieved to see the police arrive in seconds. We have amazing police in Jerusalem."

The policemen who subdued the terrorists said that they acted "without thinking twice. Within a minute we arrived at the central bus station and saw the wounded man and the terrorist, and we immediately ran to stop the attack."

"This is the only place in the world in which people don't run when there is an attack, but respond" Jerusalem District Commander Yoram Halevy said, praising both the civilians and police forces for acting to subdue the terrorist and prevent further casualties. He said that all sectors of the city, from the civilians to the police, had "something to be proud of."

The district commander and the mayor of Jerusalem thanked Yosef Ben Amo for showing a strong sense civil responsibility and courage that led to the capture of the terrorist and thus helped to prevent further casualties. They gave Yosef the pin of the Jerusalem District Police and the Jerusalem Municipality pin.

Mayor Barkat said that it was key to "be alert. You saw something and ran. There is a civil alertness in Jerusalem, and all eyes are open."