Jerusalem stabbing: British woman killed in tram attack

By Lorlornyofm April 14, 2017 14:25

Jerusalem stabbing: British woman killed in tram attack

A British woman has been stabbed to death on a tram in Jerusalem.

She has been named as 21-year-old University of Birmingham student Hannah Bladon.

Ms Bladon was stabbed several times in the chest while she travelled on a tram in Tzahal Square and died in hospital. A 57-year-old Palestinian man was detained at the scene.

She had been on an exchange at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, which expressed “deep sorrow” over her death
Ms Bladon had been taking classes in bible studies, archaeology and Hebrew at the Rothberg International School, part of The Hebrew University.

The school said: “Her friends described her as an inquisitive and adventurous student who made the most of her opportunity to learn and experience life in Israel.”

Police say the suspect, a resident of Ras al-Amud in east Jerusalem, was recently released from a psychiatric hospital.

Jerusalem police chief Yoram Halevy told the AFP news agency that the man was “very mentally disturbed”.

An off-duty policeman travelling on the tram is believed to have pulled an emergency brake and then overpowered the attacker with the help of another passenger.

A 30-year-old pregnant woman and a 50-year-old man were also injured in the attack.

BBC Middle East correspondent Tom Bateman said the pair, who were much less seriously injured than the British woman, were either hurt when the tram came to a sudden stop or in the panic to get away.

A Foreign Office spokeswoman said: “We can confirm the tragic death of a British national in Jerusalem.

“We are providing support to her family at this difficult time and are in touch with local authorities.”

There will continue to be heightened security in Jerusalem after measures were brought in ahead of the Jewish Passover Festival and Easter celebrations.

Israel’s President Reuven Rivlin said he was “filled with sadness about the attack” and that his thoughts and prayers were with the family of the victim.

Israeli police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld tweeted a picture of the knife used in the attack.

Source: BBC

By Lorlornyofm April 14, 2017 14:25