JERUSALEM (AFP) — An elderly Israeli civilian was killed and a policeman wounded in a knife attack by a Palestinian in a Jerusalem settlement on Thursday, medics said.
The attacker was wounded by gunshots fired by police after the stabbing in Gilo, a Jewish settlement in the Arab eastern sector of Jerusalem, police said.
An 86-year-old man died from wounds suffered in the attack.
Jerusalem police commander Aharon Franco said the stabbing took place after two officers stopped the Palestinian man for an ID check.
The attacker stabbed one of the policemen before running away, fatally wounding the civilian as he fled, Franco told public radio.
Palestinian security officials identified the attacker as Mohammed al-Badan, 20, and said he was from the nearby West Bank village of Taqoa.
An Israeli army unit entered the village after the attack and arrested a relative of Badan, they said. Another relative was briefly held by police.
One resident was slightly injured in a leg during clashes with the soldiers, the officials said.
At least 538 people, most of them Palestinian militants, have been killed since Israel and the Palestinians relaunched US-backed peace talks in November last year, according to an AFP count.
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