Security forces Sunday morning announced they had arrested the terrorist who hacked an Israeli security guard with an ax Friday morning in Maaleh Adumim. The terrorist, Sa’idi Ali Abu Hamed, 21, is a resident of the village of Azariya, outside Yerushalayim.
Police said they found the terrorist after an anonymous tipster – possibly a family member – called the police and informed them that the 21-year-old was the wanted man. Under questioning, Abu Hamed admitted that he was the culprit. Police later said that the terrorist was acquainted with his victim.
The identity of the security guard who was badly injured in the attack has not been released. He remains in critical condition, doctors said. The 48-year-old man was attacked by an ax-wielding Arab who attempted to enter the mall.
As a result of the attack, workers from the Palestinian Authority have been banned from Maaleh Adumim until Thursday. A gag order placed on the events surrounding the attack was still in effect. The main entrance to the city remained closed over Shabbos. Residents were being asked to use a second entrance in order to enter or leave the city.
Police and IDF soldiers were active throughout the entire area over the weekend. The area’s industrial zone is, meanwhile, operating as usual.