Incident Summary:

04/22/2020: An assailant rammed their vehicle into and stabbed an Israeli Border Police officer in Abu Dis, West Bank. The officer was injured and the assailant was killed when other officers opened fire. Police officers also defused a pipe bomb found at the scene. No group claimed responsibility for the incident; however, sources attributed the attack to Mohammed Halsa, a Palestinian extremist.



West Bank and Gaza Strip

Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:

West Bank

Abu Dis

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Police
Name of Entity Israeli Border Police
Specific Description Officers
Nationality of Target West Bank and Gaza Strip
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives Pipe Bomb
Melee Knife or Other Sharp Object
Vehicle (not to include vehicle-borne explosives, i.e., car or truck bombs)
Weapon Details
A pair of scissors and a van were 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 / 1 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 1
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 1
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"West Bank terror ramming and stabbing attack - watch dramatic video," Jerusalem Post, April 22, 2020.
"Palestinian killed in car-ramming, stabbing attack: Israeli police," Xinhua News Agency, April 22, 2020.
"Israel: Palestinian shot and killed after stabbing policeman," ABC News, April 22, 2020.