March 26, 2012
Police say Palestinian stabber acted alone
The Palestinian held for stabbing an Israeli female soldier this month is suspected of acting alone.
Details about the March 15 assault aboard the Jerusalem light rail emerged Monday when the suspect, an 18-year-old resident of eastern Jerusalem, was remanded in court.
Citing an account given by the suspect under interrogation, police said he stabbed and seriously wounded the 18-year-old female conscript after boarding the train instead of going to school.
The suspect, who was captured later in the day while trying to travel to the West Bank city of Ramallah, described the attack as revenge for Israel’s treatment of the Palestinians, police said. But they added that he did not appear to have links to organized Palestinian terrorism.
The investigation is continuing; a trial date has yet to be set.