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One Israeli Policewoman Dead, Another Injured, in Palestinian Attack at Damascus Gate

One Israeli border policewoman was killed and another seriously injured during a shooting and stabbing attack carried out by three Palestinians outside Damascus Gate in Jerusalem, The Times of Israel reported Wednesday. Officials said that a quick response by security forces prevented a potentially much larger attack. The three assailants were killed.

According to authorities, policewoman Hadar Cohen, 19, was fatally wounded by three men– identified as Ahmad Abu Al-Rab, Mohammed Kameel, and Mohammed Nassar– who arrived at the Damascus Gate “armed with Karl Gustav rifles, knives, and pipe bombs.” When the men were requested to show their identification, one of the attackers handed over his ID card while another started shooting and stabbing.

Security forces arrived on the scene shortly after the men opened fire and killed all three.

Cohen, who was shot in the head and stabbed in the neck several times, was unconscious when paramedics arrived. Efforts were made to resuscitate her, but she was later declared dead. She is survived by her parents and two siblings.

The second officer, who has yet to be identified, was found dazed but conscious.

A third victim, a 20-year-old Israeli, was lightly injured and treated on site.

The three Palestinians were all from the northern West Bank– two from Qabatiya, the third from Jenin– and 20 or 21-years-old.

Two pipe bombs were found on the attackers and deactivated. Security forces also removed a suspicious package from the scene, which was later determined to be an abandoned bag.

Security forces are now investigating whether the three men acted alone or had help.

According to Israel’s emergency medical service Magen David Adom, 31 people have been killed and over 300 wounded in more than 175 terrorist attacks since September 13.

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