Three Palestinians, one Israeli killed in Jerusalem
JERUSALEM - Three Palestinians armed with rifles, knives and explosives attacked Israeli police outside Jerusalem's Old City on Wednesday, leaving the attackers shot dead. One young Israeli policewoman who was shot in the head later died of her wounds, police and medical officials said.
The 19-year-old was one of two border policewomen wounded in the attack outside the Old City's Damascus Gate.
Security forces were searching the area for possible accomplices.
According to Israeli authorities, the Palestinians were approached by border police for ID checks.
"As one was producing identification his accomplices... started firing and stabbing and managed to wound two female officers," a police statement said.
Jerusalem's Hadassah hospital described the surviving woman's wounds as "moderate to serious".
Officers opened fire and killed the attackers, police said, adding that they were from the northern West Bank.
They were believed to be 19 to 20 years old.
A wave of Palestinian knife, gun and car-ramming attacks erupted in October. Most of the attacks have been stabbings, although there have also been occasional shootings.
Wednesday's attack was the bloodiest in Jerusalem since December 23, when at the Old City's Jaffa Gate an Israeli was stabbed to death and another shot dead, seemingly from a stray police bullet as officers fired on and killed the two Palestinian assailants. A third Israeli was wounded in that stabbing.
Speaking about the latest incident, police spokeswoman Luba Samri said there was evidence that the assailants were seeking to carry out a major attack.
"Found on the terrorists' bodies were (Swedish-designed) Carl Gustav rifles, knives and explosive devices which were defused by bomb disposal experts," she said in a statement.
"The arms testify to a complex attack that was prevented by the forces who protected Jerusalem residents with their bodies."
The violence has killed 25 Israelis, as well as an American and an Eritrean, according to an AFP count.
At the same time, 164 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli forces, most while allegedly carrying out attacks and others during clashes and demonstrations.
An Israeli teenager was lightly wounded on Saturday in a stabbing attack at the Damascus Gate allegedly carried out by two young Palestinians, who were arrested in a sweep of the area later.