3 Israelis seriously injured in 2 terror attacks

Marcy Oster

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Two Israeli police officers and an Israeli man were seriously wounded in separate attacks in Petach Tikvah and Jerusalem.

The attacks — a shooting and a stabbing — occurred within minutes of each other on Tuesday afternoon. Both alleged assailants were killed, including one reportedly at the hand of his own knife by the victim.

In the latter attack, near the Damascus Gate in Jerusalem’s Old City, a man on a motorcycle opened fire on Border Police officers. The assailant was shot during a police chase and later died of his injuries, police said. He was identified as a 25-year-old Palestinian man from eastern Jerusalem with no security-related record.

One of the injured officers was near death, according to Israeli reports.

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The Damascus Gate has been the site of several terror attacks in recent months.

In Petach Tikvah, the assailant in a stabbing attack at a convenience store was stabbed to death with his own knife by the victim, eyewitnesses said, according to media reports. The attacker was identified by the Israeli media as an Arab man.

The victim is reported to be a 35-year-old haredi Orthodox man who was stabbed in the back. He was taken to the hospital in the central Israeli city.

The attacks occurred as Vice President Joe Biden was landing in Israel for a two-day visit.

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