Israel Police: Palestinian stabs woman in Jerusalem

Posted April 16, 2017

A young British tourist died after being stabbed by a Palestinian in a terror attack on the Jerusalem light rail.

British news company Sky News has confirmed on Friday afternoon that the victim was indeed a British national.

"Our thoughts are with her family and friends during this tragic time and we will be providing support for any student affected by this awful event".

Bladon was a theology student at the University of Birmingham in the United Kingdom, who had begun her guest studies at the Hebrew University, which confirmed her identity to the media, in January.

Police there have detained a 57-year-old man, calling him an "Arab terrorist".

"EMTs and paramedics treating and performing CPR on a woman in her 20s".

The 25-year-old was attacked while riding on a light-rail train as it approached the Old City section of Jerusalem, authorities said.

The attacker was named by Israel's Shin Bet security agency as Jamil Tamimi.

Jerusalem police chief Yoram Halevy described the attacker, who was arrested, as "very mentally disturbed".

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The Rothberg school said Ms Bladon had been on a religious studies course in Birmingham and had been studying classes in bible studies, archaeology and Hebrew during her exchange programme.

The family of Hannah Bladon, the British student stabbed and killed in Jerusalem, say they are "devastated" by the "senseless and tragic attack".

At the time of the attack, Old City was packed with people celebrating Good Friday and Passover.

The University of Jerusalem has condemned what it calls "an act of terror" on "a student who came to Jerusalem to study and widen her academic horizons".

It said she had only started studying in Jerusalem in January and had been due to complete a single semester.

The offender had a disturbing mental record, having attempted to commit suicide in a hospital by swallowing a razor and was convicted of conducting disgraceful sexual abuses to his own daughter 6 years ago.

President Reuven Rivlin said in a statement that he is "filled with sadness" over the violence and that Israel's "thoughts and prayers are with the family of the victim".

In late December, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) announced that Israel's demolition campaign against Palestinian homes and structures across the West Bank and East Jerusalem al-Quds had reached the most unprecedented level in the past seven years.

Palestinians have launched dozens of attacks - including stabbings and shootings - on Israelis since September 2015, killing 42 citizens as well as two Americans.