Incident Summary:

03/13/2017: An assailant stabbed Border Police officers near Lions' Gate in Jerusalem, West Bank. The assailant was killed and two officers were injured in the attack. No group claimed responsibility for the incident; however, sources identified the assailant as Ibrahim Mattar, a Palestinian extremist.



West Bank and Gaza Strip

Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:

West Bank


Location Details:
The incident occurred near the Lions' Gate in the Old City.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Police
Name of Entity Israeli Border Police
Specific Description Officers
Nationality of Target Israel
Additional Information
Hostages No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Melee Knife or Other Sharp Object
Weapon Details
A knife was used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Palestinian Extremists No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 1 Fatalities / 2 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 1
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 2
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Two Israeli Officers Wounded in Jerusalem Stabbing Attack Overnight," Haaretz, March 13, 2017."
"Israeli police: Palestinian shot dead after stabbing attack.(Uncategorized)," Manila Bulletin, March 13, 2017."
"Palestinian attacker killed by Israeli border police in Jerusalem," Hindustan Times, March 13, 2017."