Two girls shot, man injured in suspected stabbing in Jerusalem

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Israeli police Monday shot two Palestinian teenage girls suspected of carrying out a knife attack in central Jerusalem, killing one and injuring the other.

Each was carrying a pair of scissors, police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said, with which they stabbed an elderly bystander at the entrance to Jerusalem’s busy Mahaneh Yehuda market.

The man, aged around 70 or 80, was a Palestinian from the West Bank. He suffered light injuries to the upper body.

Police first said the stabbing victim was in his 20s. They later said an Israeli man in his 20s was not stabbed, but injured in the hand by a stray bullet, apparently fired when the two teens were shot.

Rosenfeld said the two Palestinian girls were aged around 14 and 16, from East Jerusalem.

The police officer who shot them had called on them to halt, Rosenfeld said, but opened fire when they did not stop and instead turned towards him.

One was pronounced dead, the other in serious condition.

A bomb squad was called in to check if they were wearing explosive belts.

The alleged stabbing and shooting took place in central Jerusalem’s main Jaffa street. Footage filmed by a bystander showed people panicking and screaming.

The latest incident took place ahead of a visit by US Secretary of State John Kerry, who is expected to hold talks with Israelis and Palestinians on Tuesday following a wave of violence that has not let up since early October.

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