British student stabbed to death in Jerusalem

Police say a 57-year-old Palestinian suspect is being questioned “as to his motives…and if he planned the attack on his own”.A British woman has been stabbed to death by a Palestinian man in Jerusalem, Israeli police said.

The 23-year-old student was travelling on the Jerusalem Light Rail near Old City when she was attacked.

Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld told Sky News the assailant got on the train at Damascus Gate, before taking a knife out of his bag and stabbing the victim “multiple times in the upper part of the body”.

The attacker was arrested at the scene after being tackled by an off-duty policeman who pulled the emergency brake. Israel’s Shin Bet security agency identified 57-year-old Palestinian Jamil Tamimi as her attacker, adding that he suffered with mental health problems and had previously tried to take his own life.

In a statement, Shin Bet said: “This is one of many instances where a Palestinian suffering personal strife… chooses to carry out an attack in order to find release for his problem.”

Israeli policemen block a road where the light train passes following a stabbing attack just outside Jerusalem’s Old City, according to Israeli police April 14, 2017. REUTERS/Ammar Awad – RTX35J73

Paramedics treat an injured person following the attack
Police said the suspect is being questioned “as to his motives…and if he planned the attack on his own”.

Mr Rosenfeld told Sky News that officers are also looking at the 57-year-old’s “profile and personal history”.

He said: “We know that he had local, psychological incidents but as far as we know he saw that woman…he chose her and viciously stabbed her to death”.

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At the time of the incident, Old City was packed with people celebrating Good Friday and Passover.

Israeli president Reuven Rivlin said he was “filled with sadness” over the attack, adding the country’s “thoughts and prayers are with the family of the victim.”

The Foreign Office said it had been in contact with authorities in Jerusalem.

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