Knifing Attack Thwarted on Yom Yerushalayim

YERUSHALAYIM -

Israeli security forces apprehended a Palestinian on his way to carry out a stabbing attack on Sunday, as Israelis were celebrating Yom Yerushalayim.

The suspect, in his 30s, was stopped by guards at the Kalandia checkpoint on the northern edge of the capital, as he tried to enter from Shechem. A search revealed that he had a knife, and under questioning, he said that he planned a stabbing, according to a preliminary indictment, Arutz Sheva said.

The man was carrying an expired entry permit.

A Yerushalayim court extended his remand by eight days. He is expected to be indicted on charges of attempted murder, planning a terrorist action, and illegal possession of a deadly weapon.

In another security incident, on Thursday, police arrested a suspect carrying a knife on Jaffa Road in central Yerushalayim, the police spokesperson reported.

A Japanese knife which was found on his person was confiscated by security guards near the Central Bus Station.