(JNS) — Five Israelis were wounded on Tuesday in a terrorist attack in Ma’ale Adumim, located 4.3 miles east of Jerusalem in Judea.
The terrorist, a 20-year-old Palestinian from Al-Eizariya (also known as Bethany) opened fire with a handgun outside the main shopping mall in the city.
A Border Police officer on his day off opened fire and “neutralized” the terrorist, who also had a knife. The attacker’s condition was not immediately clear.
Magen David Adom emergency medical personnel treated two people for gunshot wounds before evacuating them to the hospital in serious and moderate condition, respectively.
The additional victims were moderately injured, and it was unclear if they were also hit by gunfire.
The seriously wounded victim is a man around 40 years of age. The other victims were men aged 28, 29 and 37 and a 14-year-old boy, according to MDA.
The off-duty border policeman heard the gunfire and pursued and engaged the assailant, who was wearing a yellow vest and may have been posing as a security guard.
Ma’ale Adumim Mayor Benny Kashriel told the KAN public broadcaster that the terrorist had an entry permit into Israel and worked as a cleaner in a community center in the city.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Yoav Gallant were receiving regular updates on the incident at IDF Central Command Headquarters in northern Jerusalem.
Israel Police Commissioner Yaakov Shabtai arrived at the scene of the attack.
According to Shabtai, the assailant “opened fire in all directions” before being shot by the Border Police officer, who “prevented a broader terror attack.”
Last Tuesday, Israeli forces thwarted a terror attack on a military checkpoint on Mount Gerizim in Samaria.
Three terrorists drove to the checkpoint from nearby Shechem (Nablus) and opened fire at the soldiers manning it from approximately 330 feet away, according to the IDF. The soldiers returned fire, killing all three of the assailants.
The Hamas terrorist group claimed responsibility for the attack.
Hours later, suspected Palestinian terrorists fired towards the study hall of the Homesh Yeshiva in Samaria, causing no casualties.
Also last week, El-Roi Kapah was shot and seriously wounded in a Palestinian drive-by shooting at the Tekoa Junction in Gush Etzion.
His daughters Rachel and Avigail, ages nine and 14, were lightly wounded by shrapnel.
According to the Israel Defense Forces, the Palestinian terrorist opened fire from a passing vehicle at the victims’ car on a highway about 9 miles south of Jerusalem.